‘Our oceans are the bedrock of our tourism’

Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Faiyaz Koya. Picture: FIJI GOVT

Maintaining the health of Fiji’s ocean is just as important as the country’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan, says Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya.

He made the comment while officiating at the World Maritime Day celebrations at Port Denarau, Nadi, yesterday.

Mr Koya said rebuilding in a sustainable manner and protecting Fiji’s marine environment was critical for the wellbeing of all Fijians.

“Apart from being a source of food and employment, our oceans are the bedrock of our tourism industry,” he said.

“So it is our responsibility to ensure that we protect our oceans. That is why we have national commitments, which include 100 per cent sustainable management of Fiji’s 1.2 million square kilometres of ocean.”

He said the global pandemic had given Fiji an opportunity to reset and review ways of doing business.

“Although the West has been deeply affected with the shutdown of international tourism, by preserving our ocean and incorporating sustainability in our recovery, we will be able to rebound stronger than before.

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