A CAMPAIGN was launched yesterday to boost fish stocks, specifically that of the kawakawa and donu.
The campaign, which is known as the "4FJ Campaign", involves members of the public refrain from fishing them during their breeding season, which is between June and September every year.
SeaWeb program associate Alumeci Nakeke said they were delicacies as well as commercially valuable fish for Fiji's coastal communities.
"The campaign is ultimately about empowering people in Fiji to create change for a better future," Ms Nakeke said.
"What makes the group particularly vulnerable to overfishing is the way the fish reproduce â€¦ through a suite of outreach activities at national and grassroots level, the campaign aims to decrease fishing pressure on key grouper species during their peak spawning season."
According to Ms Nakeke, the fish species, on an annual basis, gather to spawn (mate and reproduce) in what are known as "spawning aggregation sites".
Because there is a large number of them present in one concentrated area, it makes them vulnerable to depletion.
"The aggregation habit of groupers has made it much too easy to deplete the fish, as they all gather in the same spot each year at the same time," she said.