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Fish in high demand

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TWENTY two tonnes of fish are required to meet consumers' demand on Viti Levu every fortnight, says divisional fisheries officer North Joji Vakawaletabua.

And fishermen in the Northern Division could not meet this demand prompting the department to start fish farming projects in the region.

According to Mr Vakawaletabua, 22 tonnes of fish could generate income of $154,000 for the fishermen.

"The main suppliers for fish in the North include the North Ice Plant, Tebara Ice Plant and Goldhold Limited but this is not enough," Mr Vakawaletabua said.

"These suppliers have their own buyers on the mainland.

"Fishermen from the North have supplied fish for a long time for the Viti Levu market."

While speaking at a recent tour on the island of Yadua, Mr Vakawaletabua told villagers that i qoliqoli owners did not make use of these opportunities.

"This year we plan to involve the districts and provinces in the North with fish farming and we have begun this in Vunidogoloa.

"In Vunidogoloa we gave the villagers 40,000 tilapia, koi and carp eggs that will be used in their eight fish ponds.

"This fish will generate money for the villagers and even contribute to their sustenance."





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