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Monday, July 7, 2014

07/07/14: 8000 Tilapia found dead

Near Denarau Island, Peni Siga, relives a US$16,000 nightmare every time there's mass death at his fish farm, reports the Fiji Times Online.

"This is the seventh time something like this has happened," says Peni Siga. Three years ago Mr Siga started the farm located on Maqalev.


"The last incident was in 2012 and police confirmed that pesticide was poured into the ponds."

He said about 8000 tilapia were found dead early Friday morning.

"We had just started harvesting the fish on Thursday and when we woke up this morning the rest of the fish were dead. It's really upsetting because all of our hard work has been wasted.

"This is also government money going down the drain because we get the fishlings from Naduruloulou Research Station and the Coboni Fish Farm in Ra. We've reported the case to police and I hope that they get to the bottom of this because it is ruining our livelihood."

Police confirm an investigation has been launched into the incident.

Denarau Island, on the main Island of Viti Levu, is the largest integrated resort in the South Pacific. Less than 10 kilometres from Nadi, it boasts eight large resorts, stunning beaches and an 18-hole championship golf course.


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