MSAF-USP to gauge invasive species now present in Fiji

Participants of Hull BioFouling workshop in attentive mood in Suva yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) will need to work with the University of the South Pacific (USP) to try and gauge the kind of invasive species that is now present in Fiji’s harbour.

Highlighting this, MSAF’s acting chief executive officer Capt Philip Hill said this was one of the activities needed to be done so that we could identify where we were and to know whether there were any invasive species in Fiji’s harbour.

Invasive species now present in Fiji

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This week, MSAF is holding a five-day workshop focused on ensuring safe, secure and efficient shipping operations and the protection of the marine environment.

Capt Hill said the Hull Biofouling workshop would cover three important areas.

These are the Ballast Water Management Convention, the Anti-fouling Systems Convention and the guidelines for the control and management of ships biofouling.

“With fisheries, they do management on how we harvest our fish stocks, this is the preventative measure to protect any invasive species from interfering with our indigenous marine species and that is what this workshop is all about,” he said.

“We have countries from other Pacific Island countries and it will run for the whole week and next week, we will have a national workshop that is only focused on Fiji.”

The workshop ends on Friday.

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