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Fisheries Call On Local Support

More training is expected to take place for locals and staff members working in the fisheries department in the Northern Division. With the Dreketi Fresh Water Hatchery soon to begin
01 Dec 2014 07:40
Fisheries Call On Local Support
Department of Fisheries and forest staffs raising their issues during their Northern staff meeting held at their conference room in Labasa last week. Photo: Siliva Cawaru

More training is expected to take place for locals and staff members working in the fisheries department in the Northern Division.

With the Dreketi Fresh Water Hatchery soon to begin operation next year, the worrying trend is that the people who mend these projects are not locals and would soon return to their homes.

During a meeting held last week by the fisheries department in the North the Fishery Aquaculture assistant in Dreketi, Prakryti Priya, said it was vital that locals and north staff members took part in the projects as well.

Ms Priya said projects of the Dreketi Fresh Water Hatchery would soon be operational from next year hence.

“It is hard when other people who live very far participate in local projects because they will leave one day,” she said.

“The projects are then affected because no one looks after it. The projects need assistance from local individuals since they would be more reliable to look after these fragile hatcheries.”

Principal Fisheries Northern Joji Vakawaletabua said more training would be conducted for staff members in the department and also members of the local community.

“Apart from training locals, the department is also looking forward for universities graduates to train within the fisheries department,” Mr Vakawaletabua said.

Meanwhile, fishermen in Nabouwalu, Bua, are having problems trying to preserve their catch because of the inconsistent power supply at the ice plant in Nabouwalu.

This problem was raised by the fisheries officer in Nabouwalu, Tomasi Cama.

Mr Cama said: “Power supply at the ice plant only operates in the day time and the ice supply is less due to limited power.

In response, Divisional Fisheries officer North, Joji Vakawaletabua, said they were working on it to fix the problem.

siliva.cawaru@fijisun.com.fj

 



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