Ways 4FJ Toolkit, App will help anglers

The new toolkit also includes a 4FJ Fish Smart mobile app (app) which shares legal sizes for common food fish, defined sizes which are recommended, minimum sizes and prohibited marine species which should be completely avoided.


From left to right: Mata ni Tikina Dawasamu Sanaila Rokotuivuna, Program Management Unit Coordinator for the SPC-Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership, Martin Chong, EU Fiji Program Officer, Noa Sainz Lopez, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries Atelaite Rokosuka, cChange Program Manager, Mafa Wilson and Director of Fisheries Neomai Ravitu on March 30, 2022. Photo: Sheenal Charan

The launch of the 4FJ Fish Smart Toolkit is intended to empower communities in their fishing grounds.

At the launch, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries, Atelaite Rokosuka, said declining fish stocks in our fishing grounds posed a threat to our culture, tradition and way of life.

The launch which took place at the National Sailing Center in Suva on Wednesday was to provide all communities with access information to better manage their fishing grounds and take local action to improve food security and livelihoods.

The tools

Tools include illustrated booklets that promote community discussions, posters that share minimum sizes, videos and podcasts.

The new toolkit also includes a 4FJ Fish Smart mobile app (app) which shares legal sizes for common food fish, defined sizes which are recommended, minimum sizes and prohibited marine species which should be completely avoided.

“Fishermen across Fiji have reported spending more time and money on fuel to catch fish, which affects their livelihoods and family nutrition,” she said.

“In fact, recent studies show that it took about two hours a day in the 1980s to catch enough fish for an entire village.

“In the year 2000, fishermen could only catch enough fish for their families, and today most fishermen spend around 10 to 12 hours to catch enough fish for their livelihood.”

Ms Rokosuka said the main objective behind the launch was to find cost-effective information channels to enable all communities to better manage their fishing grounds.

“It means we all have access to the information we need to enable us to make crucial decisions about fishing and the sustainable management of fisheries,” she said.

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