The European Union Pacific staff and volunteers took to the beach at My Suva Park today on a cleanup campaign.
EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Sujiro Seam, said every year millions of tons of trash end up in the oceans and the EU and Fiji are determined to prevent the bleak prospect of that becoming a reality.
Marine litter is a global challenge.
The European Union (EU) and the EU Member States present in Fiji, that is the UK, France and Spain, teamed up with the Suva City Council for this important initiative to raise awareness about the increasing challenges posed by marine litter.
EU Ambassador to Fiji in his welcome speech reminded everyone that our responsibility towards our environment starts from home.
It is estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in its waters.
He said they are determined to prevent this bleak prospect from becoming a reality and are committed to protecting the oceans and seas while ensuring their sustainable use.
Embassy of Spain to Fiji, Daniel Montilla also spoke on the importance of having to protect our oceans from plastic pollution.
He said that this action stands to prove that everybody, individually and collectively, can take concrete action to address it.
The impact of marine pollution in Fiji is similar to those faced in other parts of the world but is sadly amplified due to our small size, insularity and development status.