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Study Finds Fiji’s Fishing Communities Struggling In Wake of Cyclone Winston

by Christin VanZant last modified Oct 12, 2016 08:44 PM
Contributors: Wildlife Conservation Society
NEW YORK (October 5, 2016) – Fishing-dependent communities in Fiji experienced decreased food security and loss of livelihoods in the wake of Cyclone Winston, according to a post-disaster survey conducted by the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).

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In addition to severely impacting the lives of 40 percent of Fiji’s population, the storm also caused nearly US$1.5 million in damage to boats and fishing equipment vital to the livelihoods and dietary needs of coastal communities. A post-disaster survey led by WCS at the request of Fiji’s Ministry of Fisheries revealed that consumption of fresh fish in many communities has drastically decreased as a result of the damage caused by the cyclone.

 

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