Fiji's fisheries sector faces challenges from COVID-19, climate change

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SUVA, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- The fisheries sector in Fiji faced double trouble by the implications of COVID-19 and climate change, said Fiji's Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau on Tuesday.

According to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), Koroilavesau said in the Fijian Parliament that the impact of COVID-19 could not be understated and the Ministry of Fisheries is working its level best to reposition its strategies to ensure the balance between resource utilization and sustainability.

"The wellbeing of all Fijians is one of the government's priorities and the ministry is working to provide an alternative for an ever-increasing population in years to come as the world's growing population will need more food, medicine, energy and minerals."

Koroilavesau said the ministry is working on implementing sustainable measures at a national level.

"The Fijian government values its development partners in their effort to balance out and establish marine protected areas to invest in research development, satellite technology, policy capacity, and capabilities to help with monitoring our inclusive economic zone."

Koroilavesau has given assurance that the ministry is working to ensure support is available for the development of sustainable coastal seafood.

Fiji's Ministry of Fisheries prioritizes sustainable fisheries, climate change mitigation, adaptation and aquaculture. Enditem

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