FISH farming in the North is expected to grow further once a new fish nursery opens next month in Dreketi, Macuata.
And fish farmers won't have to travel all the way to Viti Levu to buy fry (infant fish) as the new nursery is expected to meet their demands.
Acting principal fisheries officer northern Joji Vakawaletabua yesterday said the nursery would bring positive changes to the division.
"We have renovated our building in Dreketi and it's purposely meant for the nursery," Mr Vakawaletabua said.
"We have decided to bring a fish nursery closer to the doorsteps of the farmers here in the North to help them with their supplies.
"Before, the farmers used to travel all the way to Naduruloulou to buy their fish but now they can save their travelling expenses.
"The fish is mainly tilapia. With this initiative, we are helping the farmers especially, in the rural sector, to save extra money and also increase their income earnings."
Mr Vakawaletabua said the renovated facility had been left idle for about 15 years and the idea to turn it into a fish nursery was necessary.
"The facility was non-operational for some time and we turned it into a nursery."