Naiqamu refutes claim of lack of oceanographers in Fiji

Minister for Forests and acting Minister for Fisheries Osea Naiqamu. Picture: JONA KONATACI/ FT FILE

FIJI’S acting Minister for Fisheries Osea Naiqamu has refuted claims over the lack of oceanographers in Fiji.

Mr Naiqamu said responding to claims to by the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat on the need for the Fijian Government to invest in this area.

Commission communications team leader Catrina Rowe said Solomon Islands was the only country in the region that had hired an oceanographer.

Being at the forefront of fighting the impact of climate change, she said it was important that the Fijian Government invested in such critical areas.

“We have a number of oceanographers that work with us, but within the Fiji Meteorological Services, Fisheries Department, there are no oceanographers,” Mr Naiqamu said.

“They have marine biologists but oceanography is a specific learning about ocean chemistry and conditions.

“This is an area that Fiji doesn’t have the ability in.”

Mr Naiqamu said the Government had invested in oceanographers over the past years.

“I was in the fisheries department and we have sent people to further their studies in oceanography.

“We do have experts in oceanography that have reached Masters level.”

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