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Calls For Better Equipment

Fish wardens face many challenges when trying to charge poachers catching fish illegally on taboo fishing grounds. This was one of the many problems raised by many fish wardens during
13 Aug 2015 11:58
Calls For Better Equipment
Fish wardens from Viani in Cakaudrove Peni Voroka (left), and Waisale Navucu. Photo: Peni Drauna

Fish wardens face many challenges when trying to charge poachers catching fish illegally on taboo fishing grounds.

This was one of the many problems raised by many fish wardens during the Northern Division Fish Warden Workshop at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa on Tuesday.

Fish warden Peni Voroka from Viani in Cakaudrove said Government had no idea what they go through on a daily basis.

“One of the main problems we face is the equipment like boats, engines that can help us do our job easily,” Mr Voroka said.

He said fish wardens were not even paid but the volume of work done was more compared to the village headmen who don’t do much work.

Same complaints were shared by Waisele Navucu. He said all that wardens needed was better equipment.

“Sometimes we have to go out at night to catch poachers who are fishing at the taboo areas but with no boats this is the main problem,” Mr Navucu said.

In response, Principal Fisheries Officer North Joji Vuakaca said for the fish wardens to have one boat each would require funding.

“Fisheries are working to have well equipped boats so that we can facilitate the needs of the wardens in the North,” Mr Vuakaca said.

He said the management has looked deeply on this to get well equipped boat to their daily work more efficiently.

Mr Vuakaca said it was great non government organisations and resorts have shown interest in helping the fish wardens.

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