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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."

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