新锦江线上注册6More than 300,000 tons of fish harvested illegally in Pacific region: report
SUVA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- About 3006,440 tons of fish were harvested illegally in the Pacific region with an estimated cost of 616.11 million U.S. dollars from 2010 to 2015, a Fijian government official said here Thursday.
The illegal and unreported fishing is a maritime security challenge that needs to be addressed as it would not only have a direct impact on Fiji's blue economy but also it will impact the livelihood of coastal and maritime communities, he added.
Fiji has reduced revenue from fisheries, undermined investment and employment opportunities that threatened the sustainability of fish stocks.
Describing this as a huge loss for many Pacific Island Communities economy and for the many islanders who rely on the fisheries sector for their livelihood, he said that the ratification and accession of an agreement and its implementation will contribute to strengthen fisheries management and governance at all levels.
While presenting the Ministry of Defence submission on the Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and unregulated Fishing, Fiji's Deputy Secretary of Defence Ilai Moceica said that this was stated by a report from the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (PIFFA).
The fishing industry exports up to 300 million Fijian dollars (about 199.7 million U.S. dollars) worth of fish products annually which contributes about 2.9 percent to Fiji's gross domestic product.
Fiji and the Pacific were highly dependent on coastal fisheries resources. In Fiji, which has a population of over 83000,000, more than half of its population depend on the ocean and fish as a source of income and livelihood.新锦江线上注册6