Province launches seascape strategy

Woman from Lau performs meke during the launch of Lau Seascape Initiative at Nasova yesterday. Picture: RAMA

THE decline in fish population and increase in invasive species in Lau needs to be addressed in a holistic manner.

This was the view of Pacific Islands Development Forum secretary general Solo Mara.

He made the comment while speaking at the launch of a 12-year seascape strategy to protect natural resources in Suva yesterday.

Mr Mara said the establishment of the Lau Seascape Strategy would help tackle these issues.

“I would also like to highlight the important process used to produce this strategy, it involves expensive dialogue with traditional chiefs, various government departments, the private sector and non-governmental organisations,” he said.

Mr Mara said that at a national level, Fiji was working to expand the area of the Lau seascape commitment from 5200 square km to 33,500 sq km.

He also said Fiji was currently undergoing an EEZ (exclusive economic zone) marine special planning process that involved leadership in both ocean conservation and climate change.

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