Fiji

Fiji to clamp down on grouper fishing

The fisheries minister, Semi Koroilavesau, said new regulations would be in force from June to September next year.

He said there would also be a permanent ban on the harvest, sale and export of beche de mer, as well as a ban on longline fishing within 10 nautical miles of barrier reefs.

The Fiji Times reported Mr Koroilavesau also promised increased enforcement of current size limits.

The measures are part commitments Fiji made at a United Nations oceans conference in June.

 

 

World Bank to establish regional office in Suva

Fiji welcomed this opportunity during the signing of the World Bank establishment agreement at the Prime Minister’s office Wednesday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says Fiji is honoured to host the World Bank group.

Bainimarama says Fiji’s relationship with the World Bank is growing and its presence at home will benefit not only Fiji but neighbouring countries.

Pacific teams target winning finish to AFL International Cup

In the men's draw, Nauru are chasing a third straight win against in the fifth place playoff against Great Britain, while Fiji are guaranteed to improve on their 10th place finish three years ago when they face Canada in the playoff for seventh spot.

Meanwhile it's an all-Pacific affair in the women's competition, with the Papua New Guinea Flames and Fiji playing off for fifth place.

PNG didn't compete at the last International Cup and tour manager Peter Harrison was expecting the Fijians to provide a stern challenge.

Four from four for Garamuts

An unbeaten 59 runs from Nou Reva Rarua, plus knocks from Igo John Mahuru (31), Heagi Ronald Toua (30) and Ovia Lohia Sam (29) help set up a target of 264.

Fiji’s run chase ended inside 16 overs after they were all bowled out for 54.

Sam (4/2) made light work of the Fijians ripping through the batting attack. Sam was assisted by Boge Daniel Arua (2/23) and James Junior Tau (1/10).

Fiji: 54 16.3/50 ov RR: 3.27

Papua New Guinea: 264/9 50/50 ov RR: 5.28.

The Garamuts will take on Samoa on Monday August 14. 

Group B comes down to the wire

Already out of contention for the semi-final stage, competition debutants American Samoa will be out to cause an upset when they face Tonga in the opening match of the day. Tonga need a strong win – and Cook Islands to defeat Fiji – to equalise with Fiji on points and overtake the Melanesian nation on goal difference.

Feeling positive after claiming their first point of the competition on Monday, Tonga coach Lafaela Moala has put Cook Islands and Fiji’s encounter out of his mind and is keeping focus on repeating the impressive performance Tonga gave against Fiji.

Garamuts beat Fiji by four wickets

The Fijians batted first and after 19.2 overs were reeling at 5-42. Wickets continued to fall and they found themselves all out for 88 inside 36 overs.

Jack Fraser Charters (16) and Samuel Nakuna (16) top scored with the bat. With the ball for Garamuts, it was Boge Daniel Arua (4/21) who did the damage.

Despite their losing their openers cheaply, Heagi Ronald Toua (27), Vagi Karaho (15) and Nou Reva Rarua (14*) guided the Garamuts home to reach the target in 25.2 overs losing six wickets along the way.

PNG will take on hosts Samoa tomorrow. 

NZ Navy catches tuna vessels dumping rubbish off Fiji

News Hub reports it's the third time the crew aboard the HMNZS Hawea have caught offshore vessels breaking the law when it comes to proper disposal of waste.

The area is a multimillion-dollar tuna fishery - a precious resource that's often abused.

On board a Chinese long-liner, around 15km from land, the hold contains a sizeable catch of Albacore and Yellowfin Tuna, but it appears this haul matches the captain's books.

The vessel has a total of around 80 tonnes of fish on board, and the crew's documentation appears to all be in order.

France to be COP23 spokesman

Speaking at the 10th conference of Pacific Community (SPC), French Overseas Minister Annick Girardin thanked the Pacific for the support it provided for the successful adoption of the Paris Agreement during COP21.
 
“I want to thank you for the unfailing support that you provided during COP21. It was due to your contributions and commitment that COP21 was so successful.
 

Academic encourages Fiji to look at climate change alternatives

Terence Wesley Smith, from the University of Hawaii, says after the coup and sanctions, a lot of the driving force for Fiji has been dealing with the issue of climate change on an international level.

As part of this, Fiji will preside over the latest round of United Nations climate negotiations in November.

Mr Wesley Smith said the dynamic is changing, with China - with which Fiji has sought closer relations - taking a more active leadership role after the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord.

Fiji launches national diabetes registration

The online database will give health professionals nation-wide access to the records of patients with diabetes for the first time.

Despite the Ministry of Health stating that around 30 percent of Fijians have diabetes, there has been a lack of accurate data available to clinics.

Fiji's Diabetes Centre medical officer Lisi Finiasi said there hasn't been accurate numbers of how many people in the country actually have diabetes because clinics were working in isolation.

Dr Finiasi said the new registration would lead to better treatment and prevention of the disorder.