The Fisheries Department took awareness on healthy ocean and plastic pollution to the islets of Funafuti last week on a field trip as part of celebration of the Environment Week – celebrated under the theme: ‘25th years convention on Biological Diversity Safe Guarding Life on Earth’ and ‘Beat plastic pollution’.
‘Save our ocean, living creatures and beat plastic pollution’ was the main focus of this awareness activity, which targeted form two students of Nauti Primary School and the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School.
The field trip took place at Fualopa islet, one of the islets within the Funafuti Conservation Area (FCA), and participants were transported to the islet on the RV Talamoana.
A hundred and twenty four people participated, including form two students, teachers, officers of the Ridge to Reef project, staff from the departments of Agriculture, Waste, and Environment, Napa II project, a member of the Funafuti island Council, Fisheries officers and a member from the Flower Power group.
At the islet, form two students were divided into three groups namely Marine, Terrestrial and Beach for an educational activity facilitated by Mr. Teleke Peleti, Mr. Tito Isala, Ms Miriama Taukiei and Ms Lilly Nafatali.
The main idea of these educational activities is for our children and especially the public to know how dangerous the plastic is to every living thing around us, especially the sea, where fish is our daily source of intake.
During these activities, Ms Taukiei said that “The sea is not a dumping site for plastics and we should all work together to stop littering plastics on land, on the beach and in the sea”.
One student compared Funafuti to Fualopa islet, she said that, “Fulopa is much cleaner than the main land especially the water and the fresh air”.
After all the activities, lunch was served prepared by the Fisheries department. Participants ended the day’s activities with collecting rubbish on the islet before heading back to the main land.
This field trip was fully funded by the Fisheries Department.