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Ministry works with communities to take illegal fishers to task

March 3, 2019 12:30 pm

Thirty Fijians from Serua, Namosi, Naitasiri, Tailevu and Rewa were part of a Central Fish Wardens Forum in Colo-i-Suva this week.

The initiative was carried out by the Fisheries Ministry – where participants were challenged to take their roles seriously and build stronger networks within their various communities.

Director of Fisheries, Aisake Batibasaga reminded those present that they are the ministry’s eyes and ears on the ground.

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Batibasaga says the forum aims at discussing and sharing ideas on the best possible ways they can stop illegal fishing and poaching within Marine Protected Areas.

He stresses that the ministry is doing all it can to bring illegal fishers to task.

The support of fish wardens and members of the coastal communities is important as the ministry aims to strengthen control in high risk areas in the coming months.

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