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Villagers Seek Help After Fishing Ban

Villagers of Vutia in Rewa are seeking relief from Government because of a fishing ban. An environmental emergency declaration has enforced the ban on fishing and swimming after the sewage
13 Jan 2015 10:30
Villagers Seek Help After Fishing Ban
Fisheries warden Keni Tubuna Lalanabaravi makes sure that everyone obeys the ban on fishing and swimming in Vutia, Rewa, yesterday. Photo: Pauilini Ratulailai

Villagers of Vutia in Rewa are seeking relief from Government because of a fishing ban.

An environmental emergency declaration has enforced the ban on fishing and swimming after the sewage spill in the Wainivula Creek, near Nabua, Suva.

Vutia villagers who live close to the Rewa River and the sea depend on fishing for their livelihood.

Muanaira Village spokesman, Irame Tubuna said they wanted to seek relief because they depended heavily on the river and sea for food and income.

“This is our main source of livelihood. It is very frustrating. Some kind of relief help would be nice,” Mr Tubuna said.

“This is a natural disaster, similar to a flood or cyclone which we were not prepared for. It all started after heavy rain broke the sewage pipe. Raw sewage spilled into the creek and it began to spread. Now we have become victims,” Mr Tubuna said.

Narocivo Village spokesman, Elia Saulekaleka, said resorting to other sources of income like coconut, sasa (coconut leaf) broom and watermelon wasn’t very profitable.

“We normally catch fish, crabs or dive for mussels to be sold at the market for our income.

“Buying tinned foods from the shops can be expensive. We’d be very grateful if we could get some assistance,” Mr Saulekaleka said.

Meanwhile, environment officials would be visiting Rewa today to inspect and assess the situation.

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