Launch of MPA

A NEW 23footer patrol boat donated recently to around 30 fish wardens in the tikina of Nakasaleka on Kadavu is expected to boost monitoring exercise on the newly gazetted Naiqoro Marine Protect Area. Picture: SUPPLIED

KNOWN for its vibrant marine ecosystem, the Naiqoro Passage in Kadavu was recently gazetted and launched as a marine protected area (MPA).

The MPA covers designated inshore waters around the Naiqoro Passage with its allocated buffer zone area covering about 4.83 square kilometres.

While officiating at the launch which was held at Matasawalevu Village, Nakasaleka, Kadavu, Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau said the district of Nakasaleka had set in place a model for leadership in marine resource management and conservation at the community level for Fiji.

“Your presence to witness the fruit of your visionary leadership and foresight is indeed an example for the other coastal communities in the country,” said Mr Koroilavesau.

“I say this because I am well aware that you have been our partners for the last 15 years since 2003, when it was first discussed by your elders and chief (the late Turaga na Tui Taveu) and the entire village, to set aside a portion of your local fishing ground as a marine protected area.

“You have set in place a model for leadership in marine resource management and conservation at the community level, and the rest of Fiji would look up to you and follow in your footsteps.

“We believe that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets forth a new paradigm shift in ocean and natural resource management, and calls for an ambitious vision for the future.”

Attended by chiefs and villagers of the tikina of Nakasaleka, Mr Koroilavesau said that it was befitting for Government, through the ministry, to thank the people of the tikina for the milestone achievement.

“This designated ‘Naiqoro Passage Marine Reserve’ is a fully-protected permanent no-take-area, meaning that there shall be no fishing allowed within the designated boundaries,” he said.

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