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Written By : SITERI SAUVAKACOLO. Reigning Miss Vodafone Hibiscus Alisi Rabukawaqa will advocate for the stop to the exploitation of sharks across commercial fisheries at the Miss South Pacific Pageant in Samoa next week.
Hibiscus Event Group Executive secretary Aqela Cakobau in a statement said Miss Rabukawaqa would use the pageant as a platform to advocate for shark protection.
?This issue has prompted me to use the Miss South Pacific Pageant platform to champion the protection of the shark species, a species that is held in high regard (as a totem) in the Pacific, and particularly in Cakaudrove where my mother hails from.
?Sharks have a critical role to play in keeping the marine ecosystem in balance,? the Bua lass said.
?As Pacific island people who rely heavily on our marine resources we must be in the forefront of protecting these resources and support initiatives that drive governmental policy changes to save sharks from extinction and at the same time protect the future health of our seas.?
Preparations began in October for Miss Rabukawaqa. Brothers Craig and Warwick Marlow design her sulu/sarong category wear, award winning designer Epeli Tuibeqa who?s designing her traditionally-inspired category costume, music composer Igelesi Ete is assisting with her talent. Head of Communication at the Fiji National University Shailesh Lal is also working with her on her communication and public speaking skills.
The Hibiscus Event Group is funding all aspects of Miss Fiji?s preparations and trip to Samoa and Pure Fiji is donating gift packs for Miss Fiji?s fellow contestants.
The Miss Fiji entourage will leave for Samoa on Sunday December 4.
The Miss South Pacific Pageant proper will take place on Saturday December 10 at the Samoa Cultural Centre.