Fiji tuna symposium considers industry’s future

Minister of Fisheries & Forestry Kalivati Vodo Ravu and Conservation International (Fiji) Senior Director, Susana Waqainabete -Tuisese.

Ten years ago, Suva port was one of the region’s most preferred ports for foreign vessels fishing in the western and central Pacific ocean, says the president of the Fiji Fishing Industry Association (FFIA).

Speaking at the inaugural Fiji Tuna symposium recently, Radhika Kumar noted that due to policy changes by the former government, this has changed. “Most of these vessels opted for other ports, and the disappearance of these foreign fishing vessels—which are estimated to be in their hundreds—has also affected the economic spin-offs that the Suva economy used to enjoy."

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