OVERfishing is a contributing factor to the vast decline of fish stocks and the destruction of marine lives, says Lautoka, Ba and Tavua special administrator Praveen Bala.
Speaking at World Maritime Day celebrations in Lautoka yesterday, Mr Bala urged the people of Lautoka to be vigilant with the fragile marine ecosystem.
He said Fiji had a lot to offer through the maritime industry in terms of tourist attractions and richness of marine resources but these had to be sustainably-managed.
"Fiji is blessed by a beautiful ocean, islands and coral reefs," said Mr Bala.
"The richness and diversity of our maritime ecosystem is one of the best in the world but a lot has changed in recent years, we have become our own enemy.
"Because of our greed, the catch is quickly declining due to unscrupulous harvesting.
"If we are not careful and vigilant of what is happening around us, we will be doing great injustice to future generations."
Mr Bala said it had become widely accepted that sustainable development accommodated the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.