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Hard times for fishing

Dawn Gibson
Monday, April 07, 2014

LISALA Waqalala has been fishing for more than 20 years and stocks of kawakawa and donu always seemed to be abundant, no matter how often he took to the sea to get food for his family.

The Rakiraki fisherman says, however, his fishing times now are a lot more difficult than just a few years ago, marked by emptier fishing nets and smaller fish sizes.

Speaking in iTaukei language at the launch of the 4FJ Campaign website ­— ­­ www.4fj.org.fj — last week, Mr Waqalala said he felt proud to be a champion of such an encouraging cause.

He said it was a privilege to have been the first in his village in Ra to take the pledge when SeaWeb Fiji came around to educate the people about the importance of conserving the two grouper fishes in Fiji during their breeding season.





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