Fiji: Macuata chiefs will oppose seabed mining for risk of destruction of livelihood
Author: Radio New Zealand, Published on: 22 February 2020
"Opposition to seabed mining from chiefs in Fiji's Macuata", 17 February 2020
Fijian chiefs from the northern province of Macuata have warned they will not allow seabed mining in the area.
Head chief Ratu Wiliame Katonivere told the Fiji Times they would not allow seabed mining to take away their source of livelihood.
He said the chiefs also decided that no other mining activities would take place in the province.
Mr Katonivere said underwater mining was lethal to marine organisms.
The risks and harmful effects of seabed mining far outweighed the benefits of finding precious stones, oil or minerals, he added.