Fisheries ministry to incorporate climate resilience actions

Acting Permanent Secretary Naipote Katonitabua (third from left) alongside Director of Fisheries Akuila Batibasaga during a meeting held with other Ministry officials at the Galoa Fisheries Station in Navua yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Ministry of Fisheries will continue to incorporate climate resilience actions and adaptations efforts through practical and cost effective initiatives.

This was highlighted by the acting permanent secretary for fisheries Naipote Katonitabua while addressing senior officials of the Ministry at the Galoa Fisheries station in Navua yesterday.

Mr Katonitabua reminded the officials that the task at hand was not easy as they discussed achievements and plans ahead of the 2018/2019 financial year.

“As heads in your respective divisions, you need to be serious about pertinent issues so that we are able to better our performances,” said Mr Katonitabua.

“There are goals that are being set and the onus is on us to deliver the services to the people that we serve.”

He requested the officials to understand the integrated nature of development and the need for coordinated multi-sectoral strategies and actions.

“According to a World Bank Report in 2013 on ‘Fish to 2030-Prospects for Fisheries and Aqua culture’, there is a need to ‘match the growing market demand with the private sector interest and securing access to reliable sources and environmentally sustainable supply chains, which is a major opportunity to capitalise on,” he said.

He adds it was important for the Ministry to ensure the fisheries and associated marine resources were managed sustainably.

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