Ban On Fishing Around Fiji Sewage Spill Site Lifted

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Suva foreshore ‘now fit for fishing and swimming’

By Nasik Swami

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 3, 2015) – The Fiji Government has lifted the Environment Emergency Declaration for most places in the Central Division following its imposition on January 2 after a sewage spill on December 6 last year. Environment Minister Parveen Kumar said fishing and swimming was now permitted at the mouth of the Rewa River and around Nukulau Island.

"However, collection of sea-shell, shellfish and seaweed is prohibited," Mr Kumar said.

He said Suva's foreshore, from the Fiji Development Bank to the police post at the My Suva Picnic Park, was now fit for fishing and swimming.

Mr Kumar said the Cunningham River, areas enclosed within coastline beginning from the police post at the My Suva Picnic Park to the mouth of the Laqere River and extending seawards to 500 metres from the high water mark still remained a "no fishing and no swimming area".

The ban on swimming and fishing in these areas is anticipated to be lifted by the end of this month after assessment.

The minister is advising members of the public to exercise a high level of precaution while in areas close to the "no fishing and no swimming zone".

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