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Marine threat

Shayal Devi
Friday, December 06, 2013

THE beautiful corals and fish seen in Fijian waters can disappear in a few years if the environment is not looked after.

This is why care of the environment is critical, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He said the environment played a major part in Fiji's tourism industry in attracting scores of tourists to visit the country.

Referring to some new advertisements that showcased the beauty of Fiji's surroundings, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said people needed to look after their environment.

"If you go to some other Pacific Island countries, you will see the way in which people mismanage their environment is quite terrible," he said.

"We can actually go down that path if we are not careful.

"You may have seen that the government has put in place an increase in departure tax and an environmental levy of $10.

"There is a certain amount of money that is earmarked for the environment."

He said the purpose of this levy was to make tourists and locals alike feel like they had contributed towards the environment once they left the country.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also said for the first time the country was going to have a waste transfer station in Nasinu, which would serve residents between Nausori and Lami.

He said those people who previously were not able to dispose of waste at the Naboro landfill dumped it at the Suva foreshore or public bins.

"This station will commence operations next year."