3 Oct 2016

Fine balance needed in Fiji to rejuvenate fisheries

From , 6:04 am on 3 October 2016

Hook and line fishing, fish farming and extended fishing bans are among ideas being floated in Fiji's north to deal with the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston.

The February cyclone caused nearly $US1.5 million worth of damage to boats and fishing gear as well as massive destruction to fish habitats around the country.

The Wildlife Conservation Society helped survey coastal communities in the path of Winston and found that consumption of the main source of protein for villagers had drastically reduced.

The society's Sangeeta Mangubhai told Sally Round she presented the research to a Fisheries Forum in Labasa last week.

Coral damaged by Cyclone Winston

Coral damaged by Cyclone Winston Photo: Sangeeta Mangubhai