Aquaculture assistance in Fiji

THE Fisheries Department in the North Fiji has so far delivered 87,500 fish fries to thirteen farms within the division.

Speaking at the Northern Development Board meeting last week, principal fisheries officer North Joji Vakawaletabua said the farms included were two from Bua, 10 farms in Cakaudrove and one farm in Macuata.

Mr Vakawaletabua said they were encouraging those in rural areas to construct their fish ponds and seek their assistance for the provision of fish fries which they gave for free.

“This year a budget of $150,000 was allocated for the revitalisation of the Dreketi Hatchery in Vanua Levu,” he said.

“These funds also covered for the repair of the office in Dreketi and the repair of five holding tanks.

“Seaweed cultivation is also flourishing in the North and so far we have four clusters of seaweed in Vanua Levu.”

Mr Vakawaletabua said to date they had 8,496 lines of seaweed in five locations within Vanua Levu.

“This includes community-based projects in Kavewa, Lakeba, Dama, Naweni and Nakalou in Macuata,” he said.

“As we speak these community-based groups have already produced a total of 37 bags of dried seaweed.”

 

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