Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama revealed some exciting and ocean-sustainable plans for our future earlier this week at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
By 2030, we will ban virtually all single-use plastics and recycle all PET bottles, deepening ocean literacy will be a mandatory objective within our national curriculum, and we will slash carbon emissions of our domestic shipping sector by 40%.
After fully mapping our 1.3 million square kilometres EEZ by 2025, we will achieve total real-time surveillance of Fijian waters.
By 2030, we will produce more than 160,000 metric tonnes of sustainably farmed and harvested ocean products, supporting over 53,000 new jobs on our way to supplying half of all blue foods from sustainable fisheries by 2035.
By 2050, Fiji will be a net-zero society- our fisher-folks will have access to transport powered by sustainable propulsion – be it wind, electricity, hydrogen, or other hybrid solutions.
The Pacific at large will be traversed by green shipping fleets – lowering the energy intensity of global trade.
All fishing nets in Fijian waters must be biodegradable, and the Fijian Government intends to create 100,000 new blue economy jobs–more than a tenth of our current population.