Fiji Time: 1:00 PM on Monday 24 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Village pledges to help save grouper fish

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, July 26, 2014

IN an admirable effort to protect their way of life by abstaining from eating kawakawa and donu until September, villagers of Vitawa in Rakiraki have historically become the first village to sign the 4FJ pledge.

The pledge, created by SeaWeb Fiji to protect breeding populations of grouper fish between their spawning seasons from June to September, asks members of the public to sign and choose not to eat, buy or sell the fish during these months.

"I am a fisherman and have seen that its numbers are getting less and less every year and they're smaller too," said Vitawa fisherman Lisala Waqalala.

"As the month of June was approaching, I pleaded with those at the bose vakoro (village meeting) that we have a vakatatabu (ban) on the catching of kawakawa and donu starting from the first day of June until the end of September."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. President Xi leaves impression on leaders
  2. Deal on NZ jobs
  3. Job opportunities
  4. Stand by big brothers
  5. Out of wedlock births up
  6. Growth forecast
  7. Dragons win 7s title
  8. Healing sanctuary
  9. Hygienic home
  10. Archbishop lauds graduates

Top Stories this Week

  1. Stabbed to death Tuesday (18 Nov)
  2. Prime Minister Modi arrives in Fiji Wednesday (19 Nov)
  3. Kill victim cried for help Tuesday (18 Nov)
  4. Bula Mr Modi Wednesday (19 Nov)
  5. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  6. Modi announces visa on arrival for Fiji people Wednesday (19 Nov)
  7. WHAT FIJI WILL GET Thursday (20 Nov)
  8. PM says sorry Thursday (20 Nov)
  9. Big cheer for a PM of good tidings Thursday (20 Nov)
  10. MPs boycott Wednesday (19 Nov)