Key people in the fisheries industry were part of a public Consultation on Fiji’s Proposed Offshore Marine Protected Area Network.

In opening the consultation, Acting Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Mr Pene Baleinabuli said that we all have a role to play in the sustainable use of our marine resources.”

Through increasing threats over the years to biodiversity, Fiji has pledged to protect 30 percent of its ocean by 2030,” said Mr Baleinabuli.

“In order to do that, we need your thoughts and inputs on how best we can work together to help in sustaining our marine resources for our future generation.

“Since 2012, the Government of Fiji supported a rigorous process to engage technical experts and local stakeholders to assess how to safeguard Fiji’s ocean through a representative Network of large offshore Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).Following an intensive multi-step process, Fiji is now sharing the results, for public comments.

This includes sharing a map of the proposed areas for an offshore MPA Network, which would aim to cover 30 percent of Fiji’s ocean.

Together with the Department of Environment and development partners, consultations have already taken place in the Northern and Western Divisions.

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