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Depletion of fish stock a concern in the Pacific: UN

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The depletion of fish stock has been identified as one of the major issues currently faced by most Pacific Island countries.

UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson, says this is due to overfishing and unsustainable marine practices, FBC reports.

Ambassador Thomson says more emphasis needs to be put on sustainable management of our fish reserves.

“We have to think about how we are going to develop the sustainable blue economy for the benefit of people. I think there we have to think carefully about things like aquaculture, seaweed farming, and so on, I was listening to the Fisheries ministry and I think the government of Fiji has an excellent programme in that regard.”

The degrading of coral reefs is one reason for depleting fish stocks as development in every Pacific Island countries continue.