Grouper, commonly known locally by names such as kawakawa and donu, are an important source of protein for our communities. Groupers, sought after by urban residents and tourists alike, are also commercially valuable to Fiji’s economy. The fish is just hmm, mmm good, no way around that. But as our population grows and the demand for both food and income grows, these fish are disappearing all across Fiji.
Here’s a snapshot of the problem, based on research conducted by Yvonne Sadovy, of the University of Hong Kong and the Fiji Department of Fisheries:
Bottom line: Unless action is not take to better manage these fish, which help support our villages, our culture and our economy, these fish face a bleak future. True story.