Grouper breeding sites declining, says professor

Fiji Times Thursday 15 June 2017  FROM the known breeding sites for kawakawa and donu in Fiji, 70 per cent have either declined or gone.

A survey conducted by University of Hong Kong biologist Professor Yvonne Sadovy and the Ministry of Fisheries in 2015 also revealed a 70 per cent decline in grouper catches over the past.

According to the survey, 18 per cent of the breeding sites were labelled as dead.

“Close to nine per cent of breeding sites were labelled as healthy sites,” the survey revealed.

The survey revealed that there was a dire need to raise awareness on these facts and to let people know of the reality behind the existence of these species.  Read more…