‘Set Size’ campaign to roll out soon

Fiji's Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau. Picture: FT FILE

THE Ministry of Fisheries will soon commence an awareness campaign around inshore fish and crab species size limits in Fiji.

Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau said the campaign would be referred to as the “Set Size” campaign.

He said the “Set Size” campaign would focus on developing a system of sustainable minimum size limits for inshore fish in Fiji.

“The ministry recognises the importance of ensuring that people comply with the current fisheries rules and regulations to address and minimise any unsustainable harvesting practices,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“A recent recruitment of additional dedicated frontline inshore fisheries compliance officers has now been completed and these officers will be commencing duties on Monday, May 6.

“These additional officers will be in the field conducting targeted inspections across Fiji to ensure compliance with fisheries rules, including the current size limits.

“The ministry will be enforcing these fisheries rules and will take effective action against anyone found to be violating fisheries regulations.”

Mr Koroilavesau said the officers would make a significant contribution to increasing compliance with fisheries rules and ensuring more sustainable inshore fisheries.

At the same time, Mr Koroilavesau commended actions taken by responsible citizens such as Johnathan Smith in Suva to sustain, protect and grow Fiji’s marine resources.

Mr Smith had shared a post on social media website Facebook saying how he had purchased his 50th bundle of undersized crabs just to release them back into the wild.

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