Fijian Minister of Fisheries, Honourable Semi Koroilavesau launched the first ever gazetted marine reserve, the Kiuva “Koula-Mai-Wai” Marine Reserve in Kiuva Village in Tailevu today (27/06/18).
The Minister for Fisheries, Mr Semi Koroilavesau said that the abundant fishing resources of the reef systems across Kiuva are been challenged due to increasing levels of poaching incidences.
“The ocean and the sea around us have always been looked upon to provide a variety of goods and services, which are inherently linked to economic growth and social development.”
“It is our understanding today that if the SDGs, and particularly SDG 13 and 14 are proactively implemented, these goals would radically reshape our future, and point us toward a more productive, healthy and sustainable existence for years to come,” the Minister of Fisheries, Mr Semi Koroilavesau said.
Minister Koroilavesau expressed his gratitude towards the Elders and Chief as well as the entire village to have set aside a portion of their local fishing ground as the marine protected area.
“You have set in place a model for leadership in marine resource management and conservation at the community level, and the rest of Fiji will look up, and follow on your footsteps.”
The designated inshore waters for the Koula-Mai-Wai Marine Reserve lie on the east of Kiuva Village with an allocated buffer zone area of approximately 7.285 square millimeters.