Coral Harvesting - Fiji.

Bruce Carlson carlson at
Thu Aug 5 23:24:01 EDT 1999


I can't help much with analysis, but I think most of us would find it
"interesting" to know how many tons of live rock and coral are shipped out
of Fiji every week.  Are any data presented in the official report or in
the media?  If so, can you share that with everyone, or is the report
accessible via the internet?

Bruce Carlson

----- Original Message -----
From: Maureen Penjueli <mpenjuel at>
To: <coral-list at>
Sent: Friday, August 06, 1999 12:33 AM
Subject: Coral Harvesting - Fiji.

> Bula everyone,
> There is currently a huge debate in Fiji with regards to Coral
> harvesting in Fiji.  A paper was commissioned by the Fisheries
> Department and the industry to address the issue.
> Recommendation is to allow the industry to go ahead and there is a
> lot of concern in the country about the potential damage to the
> country.  However support is divided between those who support the
> industry and those that don't.   Fiji is becoming one of the biggest
> exporters if not the biggest exporter of coral products and there is
> concern regarding the damage that is done to the natural environment
> which has not been adequately dealt with in the report.
> We are requesting information/ contacts of scientists who have
> worked on this issue to help balance the debate here in Fiji....and
> provide people in Government with the necessary information.  We are
> particularly interested in research conducted in Asia or regions
> where there has been an impact.  We have at least a week to provide
> individuals with the necessary information.  I look forward to
> information that anyone could provide our office.
> Vinaka.
> Maureen.

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