Threat to Fiji’s marine diversity

THE increasing temperatures of marine environments led to high levels of coral mortality which led to fish migration from Fiji’s ocean in search of new habitat and food, says research scientist Ravinesh Ram.

Mr Ram is a research scientist in aquaculture/post-harvest fisheries from James Cook University, Townsville, Australia and he made the statement at the sixth awareness session on climate change at the University of Fiji on Friday.

A media statement from the university yesterday said it recognised the impacts of climate change on the small island developing states and has created monthly awareness activities to support climate change issues in the lead-up to Fiji’s presidency to COP23 in November, 2017 in Bonn, Germany.

Mr Ram said the changing climate and warmer conditions would result in an emergence of marine diseases and an uncontrolled growth of invasive species such as prickly seaweed that would survive extreme conditions and this would pose a threat to Fiji’s marine diversity.

“A strong management of fisheries products is essential for our future generations,” he said.

The university will host the next awareness seminar session on August 11.

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