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Fiji is considering an agreement to access Tuna stock in other Pacific states.
In a recent meeting in the Solomon Islands, 17 members of the Forum Fisheries Association met to hold informal discussions.
Fisheries Minister – Semi Koroilavesau says it was an opportune time for Fiji to hold side discussions on a possible deal with other Tuna rich countries.
“Because Tuvalu, Kiribati, Solomons and Vanuatu, they have a lot more stock of Tuna because that is the migratory pattern of Tuna, so we went in there to look at the opportunities available.”
Koroilavesau says a formal meeting of the FFA will be held later this year and discussions on Fiji’s trade in Tuna are expected to have made some inroads by then.
The Minister said the current focus for now will be ensuring that Fiji is ready to highlight the country’s strategy at the UN Oceans conference to be held in New York in June.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Fisheries is set to launch the Set Size campaign soon that focuses on replenishing fish stocks through education and awareness.
Koroilavesau says the campaign will also be about ensuring better surveillance and monitoring the appropriate size of fish to be consumed.
“There’s already legislated, in our legislation the minimum size for each species that is allowed to be consumed, more so that is allowed to be traded in the market.”
Koroilavesau says the publications are being put together in collaboration with a number of civil society organisations.
Titled Don’t Eat Fiji’s Future, a series of posters and brochures are also being developed for the campaign.
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