The Honourable Minister for Forestry, Mr Osea Naiqamu officially launched the One Million Coral Planting Program in Nasau Park in Levuka.
Naiqamu said that what better way to celebrate and mark Fiji’s 50th year since becoming independent but by launching the initiative in Levuka.”This is where Fiji’s modernization began when our forefathers ceded Fiji to great Britain”.
“With the theme, ” Build, Restore Fiji’s Natural Asset for a Resilient Future”, the One Million Coral planting initiative will certainly place more emphasis on the need for us to take better care of our oceans, said Naiqamu.
Naiqamu added that more healthy corals in our ocean means more fish and it also has a wider role to play like protecting coastlines, raising the profiles of livelihoods of coastal communities and providing sources of economic pursuits.
“The Ministry of Fisheries have identified areas around the country whose coral reefs need immediate restoration.”
The Ministry will also be working closely with Aquaculture Development for the Environment (ADE) in carrying out the planting program.
“There are other partners and individuals who have been working directly with communities in terms of coral restoration. Please continue with the great work that you are doing,” said Mr Naiqamu.
Around 400 corals on racks were planted this morning at the Levuka Foreshore which was later transferred out at sea.
The Ministry of Fisheries hopes that more communities will work together and assist in restoring a healthy ocean especially for our future generation.