23 October, 2020, 12:32 am Central - 21°C Clouds

Tamavua-i-wai residents are still fishing in polluted area

Tamavua-i-wai residents are still fishing in polluted area

By Iva Danford
Wednesday 23/09/2020
Doctor Matakite Maata of the USP School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. [image: file]

Residents of Tamavua-i-wai, adjacent to the old Lami Rubbish Dump are still fishing in the polluted area.

This has been highlighted by Doctor Matakite Maata of the University of the South Pacific’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. He says the closure of the old Lami Dump in 2014 led to a decrease in the amount of lead in the Suva foreshore area but it is still higher than acceptable levels and the levels of copper and zinc are still increasing.

Doctor Maata says based on available data, heavy metal pollution will continue to rise if not curbed because of developments in the area and an increase in Suva’s population.

He has also confirmed that the level of zinc present in the sediment close to old Lami Dump in 2014 was up to 3,527 milligrams per kilogram of sediment, while 75 milligrams per kilogram of zinc is the natural level in the sediment.

Doctor Maata says the amount of copper present in the sediment in 2014 was up to 718 milligram per kilogram of sediment, while 50 milligram per kilogram of copper is the natural in the sediment.

He says more public awareness is needed on dangers of pollutants.

We have sent questions to the Ministry of Environment.

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