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Chief Re-Thinks Licence Issue

Macuata Provincial Council chairman and Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere will no longer issue fishing licences without going through the official process. Ratu Wiliame highlighted they would previously give fishing
01 Mar 2015 10:03
Chief Re-Thinks Licence Issue
Macuata Provincial council members during the annual Macuata Provincial Council meeting at Kshatriya hall in Naodamu, Labasa, last Friday. Photo: Peni Drauna

Macuata Provincial Council chairman and Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere will no longer issue fishing licences without going through the official process.

Ratu Wiliame highlighted they would previously give fishing licences to people who paid cash up-front, but this year it would change.

Ratu Wiliame said: “Previously we just give the fishing licences where they just come, pay and we give it out but this year I have changed the way we give it out.

“I have to take into account the safety and the data record that the fisheries department want. This hasn’t been enforced for quite some time so with the new regulations coming into place like the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji regulations and fisheries regulations.

“I have decided that I will not issue a consent for the iqoliqoli in Macuata unless they have gone through the process. The process involves getting their boat surveyed, update on their boat masters, getting their fishing records certified by the fisheries department,” he said.

The chairman stressed the Fisheries Department would inform them whether to issue the permit.

“The Fisheries Department will inform us, the iqoliqoli owners to issue the permit to those who want permits. We are thinking of limiting the issues of fishing licences for the next year but that will have to go through the Bose Vanua.”

Ratu Wiliame said they have issued 12 commercial licenses so far.

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