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Varani Braves Bad Weather To Fend Off Illegal Fishermen

Varani Braves Bad Weather To Fend Off Illegal Fishermen
Sevanaia Varani ( right ) with his cousin , Sanaila Sautu on the Malolo Reef Warden at Wailoaloa Beach, Nadi on March 9, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
March 14
10:00 2018

Twenty-six-year old, Sevanaia Varani, of Solevu braves bad weather on board the Malolo Reef  Warden to keep away illegal fishing activities within the district of Malolo.

The district consists of more than three villages and is part of the Yasawa group of islands in the province of Ba.

“Every day and night I am always out sea, sometimes I would apprehend more than three fishermen especially ones that don’t have licenses,” Mr Varani said.

“They come and exploit our resources, we seize their boats and then hand them over to police,” Mr Varani said.

The Malolo Reef Warden vessel was donated to the village of Solevu three years by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama as part of Government’s rural assistance programme.

“I live  in Solevu, this boat also helps villagers who want to come to mainland to shop or transport building materials to villages in Malolo,” he said.

Like his fellow villagers Mr Varani is concerned on how illegal fishing has exploited their resources.

He said illegal fishermen try their luck by coming in as close as they can and most times into their fishing boundaries to fish.

“Sometimes when I am out at sea, I see dead fish floating – these illegal fishermen don’t care they just want to have a bountiful catch,” he said.

“As a resource owner I am worried about how these fishermen exploit our fishing grounds.

“We want to thank the Government for the boat as it has assisted us monitor activities within our waters especially the illegal fishing.

“We are monitoring and safeguarding our area for our future generations,” Mr Varani added.

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