The Ministry of Fisheries has teamed up with leading researchers, to help fishermen and fish sellers – earn more money from kawakawa or Grouper and donu species, once the fish begins to recover, following the recent seasonal protection.

The study, called the “Value Chain Analysis of the Fiji Grouper Fishery Report”, was conducted by the Ministry of Fisheries in partnership scientists from the Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the University of British Columbia.

According to the Ministry of Fisheries, some of the study’s recommended actions include – making pricing from fishermen to middlemen, to markets -both domestic and international, and restaurants, publicly available – so fishermen can negotiate better.

The study found that the majority of fishermen believe the grouper population is declining in Fiji, naming increasing fishing and over fishing as the most common reasons.

The Ministry says given the current declines in the grouper fishes of Fiji, the report recommends giving priority to national food security, and refraining from export of grouper fish, unless domestic sales can be supported by a sustainably managed fishery.

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