THE Fiji National University is embracing the need to develop fisheries management for the future of the country.
It is doing this through the provision of courses, including a Trade Diploma in Applied Fisheries Technology, Higher Education Diploma in Fisheries and a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries.
FNU head of fisheries Shalini Singh said the courses would help ensure the viability of Fiji's fishing resources.
"The course has the general aim of providing a formal academic qualification for people who wish to obtain training at tertiary level in fisheries, without the need to commit themselves to a full degree program," Ms Singh said in a statement.
"The fisheries industry will surely develop and grow because if it doesn't, it will be unable to sustain not only the real and potential profits now being made from fisheries, but our food security will suffer as fish become more scarce and prices rise," she said.
"More than a billion people worldwide rely on fish as their main source of protein however, unsustainable and destructive fishing practices are taking their toll on the oceans."