Members of the public are reminded that the Seasonal Ban on Grouper and Coral Trout locally known as Kawakawa and Donu comes into effect on the first of next month.

The seasonal ban which was gazetted by Government in June last year, aims to protect the two species during their peak breeding months and is in effect from June to September.

Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau said that the ban has been effective in taking the first step towards better management of these important resources.

In a statement he said the Fijian government demonstrated decisive leadership when undertaking 17 voluntary commitments to contribute to the protection and sustainable management of our ocean at the 2017 United Nations Ocean Conference.

One of these commitments was, to seek to sustainably manage our grouper and coral trout resources by monitoring these fisheries, protecting spawning aggregation sites, as well as applying seasonal and spatial management measures.

Koroilavesau said it is these two species that they seek to protect as their numbers have been declining over the years.

Based on science and data collected over the years, there are more than 150 species in the ocean that are readily available and can be harvested from June to September.

The Minister said they will be looking at working towards management measures to ensure that these iconic species are allowed to replenish and are able to be enjoyed by Fijians for generations to come.

He adds the ministry will continue to strongly advocate on the seasonal ban through consultations right through to enforcement.

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