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Underwater Breathing Apparatus still banned, Bua fishers told

Underwater Breathing  Apparatus still banned, Bua fishers told
The Natuvu Jetty at Navakasiga in Bua where four fishermen were arrested from earlier this month for using Under Breathing Apparatus for fishing. Photo: Josaia Ralago
April 20
11:00 2017

 

Fishers in the province of Bua have been reminded that the use of Underwater Breathing Apparatus (UBA) was still banned.

This urgent advice came from the officer-in-charge fisheries Nabouwalu Tomasi Cama while responding to questions raised by some villagers during the Navakasiga district meeting in Bua yesterday.

It was heard during the meeting that the four fishermen within the district and from some nearby villages were arrested for using UBAs earlier this month.

“We are aware that there are some nearby villages that have been using UBAs, because of what we have been told that, this is according to a consent from Government,” Nasau villager, Peniasi Waqawai said.

“Can you please ascertain whether we can use UBAs now or is it still banned?”

“Please be reminded that the ban has not been lifted and under no circumstance are you to use UBAs,” Mr Cama said.

“Because if you fail to adhere to this, then you will be arrested if caught.”

He added that if they were aware of instances where people were using UBAs then it should be reported.

He said four men were arrested at the Natuvu beside Baravi Village for the use of UBAs and were currently waiting for their court appearance.

“They were arrested and now they are waiting for their court case which is a reminder that this is still banned,” Mr Cama said.

“So we are pleading with fishermen, please remember that the use of UBA or gas, is still not allowed.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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