Fiji Time: 6:14 PM on Monday 23 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Youths protect reef

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, July 18, 2014

PROTECTION of the world's third largest barrier reef — Great Sea Reef — has become a responsibility of a northern youth group.

The youths of Yaro Village on Kia Island in Macuata have pledged to have a clean-up program in the four villages where all rubbish will be disposed of.

Maleli Qera, one of the officials, said the program would greatly assist the initiative carried out by the Community Centred Conservation (C3) group.

"A clean-up campaign for the village of Yaro is a new initiative and part of our contribution to ensuring the reef is protected from pollution and unnecessary activities such as overfishing," he said.

"Scientists have proved that the reef has slowly been deprived of its natural glory as a result of commercial fishing.

"C3, a marine conservation NGO I work for has also been helping the local community through awareness about the reef."

Mr Qera said overfishing and exploitation around the reef area had increased.

Involving the villagers in the clean-up, he added, would greatly assist their initiative of protecting the reef.

"The program will involve cleaning up of the entire village, streams and the waterfront of the village," Mr Qera said.

"This is something expected of youths in rural communities today and that is to have a great concern about their environment.

"After working on this island for four years, I have seen positive changes in the mind-set of these people especially the younger generation."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62160.6026
JPY 56.658153.6581
GBP 0.37210.3641
EUR 0.41850.4065
NZD 0.71430.6813
AUD 0.63270.6077
USD 0.49420.4772

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 23rd, October, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Police amend teenagers' charge over sex video
  2. Wage saga
  3. Police question 17-year-old for alleged sex assault
  4. 'Much higher pay rises'
  5. A-G confirms visit by ILO team
  6. Sami claims cane deduction illegal
  7. Mixed reactions on new system
  8. FRA to complete roadworks by 2018
  9. Transportation woes
  10. PM thanks resort for environment initiatives

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sex, sluts and the internet Saturday (21 Oct)
  2. Miranda turns to sex work to survive Thursday (19 Oct)
  3. Man allegedly hit by bulldozer blade, dead Tuesday (17 Oct)
  4. Sweets for the homeless Friday (20 Oct)
  5. Police amend teenagers' charge over sex video Monday (23 Oct)
  6. Faith, a true survivor against all odds Tuesday (17 Oct)
  7. A-G takes a swipe at politicians Sunday (22 Oct)
  8. Dreams do come true Thursday (19 Oct)
  9. The healing powers at Nadroumai Sunday (22 Oct)
  10. Sex video goes viral Friday (20 Oct)