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Man Arrested For Allegedly Fishing In Contaminated Waters

Man Arrested For Allegedly Fishing In Contaminated Waters
Children are still swimming at the Rewa River despite the ban by Enviromental Emergency Declaration under the Environment Management Act. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai
January 14
08:05 2015

A 22-year-old man was arrested by Police yesterday after he was found fishing at Veiraisi foreshore between Nadawa and Nadera in Nasinu.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said Police officers from the Valelevu Police Station arrested the man after they received a tip-off from a member of the public.

“He has been charged with disobedience of lawful order and has been bailed to appear in the Nasinu Magistrates Court at a later date,” Ms Naisoro said.

Police are pleading with the public to stop fishing and swimming in areas that has been contaminated by the sewage spill.

The Fiji Sun found children swimming in the Rewa River near Lomanikoro Village and women fishing near Naililili Catholic Mission on Monday.

Ms Naisoro said the ban was in place for people’s sake.

“Authorities have put in place the ban for their wellbeing. We cannot be watching and monitoring everyone, but common sense should prevail,” Ms Naisoro said.

She urges members of the public to report anyone found swimming or fishing in restricted areas to the nearest Police station.

Feedback: ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj

 

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