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Coral ready for harvest

Shayal Devi
Friday, August 08, 2014

WALT Smith International has started to harvest for export about 80,000 kilograms of artificial aquarium rock planted recently on reefs in Vitogo, Lautoka.

"We are constantly expanding our coral farming initiative and the latest village to become involved with this project is Marou in the Yasawas," company director Walter Smith said.

"These projects are progressing well at this stage but the company feels more needs to be done in terms of educating the public on sustainability."

To address this concern, they have started a new project in which schools visit the company's main branch in Navutu, Lautoka.

"We usually allow about 12 to 15 visits per month. However, last month was very busy and we have seen 23 schools in just the first two weeks. We teach them about the different sea creatures and their relationship with the marine environment.

"This is usually the first time they get to see these animals and fish up close and how they behave."

Mr Smith said it was extremely important for the younger generation to know the issues that involved sustainability and the proper use of a resource.

"We also teach them about our coral farming initiatives, show them how we prepare the corals, and the tools we use on the farm to ensure proper and healthy growth for the corals. They also get a chance to know just how many corals this farm effort adds to the coral reef each year."

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