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Provide Catch Data Or Lose Licence, Fishers Warned

Provide Catch Data Or Lose Licence, Fishers Warned
The fish industry stakeholders in the North at their annual meeting in Labasa yesterday. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO
September 23
09:00 2016

Those who fish have been warned by the Ministry of Fisheries to follow protocol and issue their catch data if they want their licences renewed.

In an interview with the Acting Senior Fisheries Officer, Marga­ret Tabunakawai-Vakalalabure, at the annual meeting for the fishing industry stakeholders in Labasa yesterday, she said some fishers in recent years have been failing to ad­here to this condition.

“It is a condition for all fishing licences that they must give their catch data and I must admit that it has always been a challenge in the past years,” Ms Tabunakawai-Vakalalabure said.

“There have been trainings done with the commercial fishermen, it not really hard to fill in. It is just listing down the species of fish and how many kilograms they caught.”

She said this was done so to be able to get a scope of what is being extracted from fishing grounds and to gauge its productivity level.

Mrs Tabunakawai–Vakalalabure applauded the Turaga Tui Macu­ata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere for reviewing this method and imple­menting it in his province.

The condition given by Ratu Wiliame was where the Ministry of Fisheries needed to provide a fisherman’s catch data before the iqoliqoli committee could renew his/her licence.

“As a resource owner, I have to be worried about the future and I have decided with my committee to address this issue through restric­tions,” Ratu Wiliame said in an in­terview.

“By issuing the license for in­stance, part of the condition in is­suing the consent is that they to up­date their record with the Fisheries Department. If they fail to do this, then this will also not allow us to is­sue our content.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 

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