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Breeding ground

Mere Naleba
Friday, May 23, 2014

WHILE the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited has been asked to expedite the removal of 25 derelict vessels from the Suva harbour, a resident of a settlement that depends on marine life there are quite happy with how things are at the moment.

Leba Kafoatu, 48, of Uduya power station settlement said she was content with the status quo because of the increasing number of fish and other sources of food in the harbour.

Mrs Kafoatu said since moving to the area with her family in 2005, she had been able to feed her family proper meals regularly because of the abundance of seafood within the harbour.

She said fish bred in these vessels and they didn't have to go far to catch them.

She and other women living in the settlement and surrounding areas were fond of the three wrecked vessels because they were a breeding ground for fish.

However, she said no workshop had been conducted in their area to educate them on how to deal with cases of submerged vessels.

Mrs Kafoatu said she thought the ships were purposely sunk at the location.

She said she knew of three vessels that were submerged in those waters.

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