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Naiqamu Tells: Reject Goodwill Payment

New policy to ensure iqoliqoli owners share in proceeds from fishing licences   The Minister for Fisheries and Forests, Osea Naiqamu, is urging iqoliqoli owners to reject goodwill payments until
19 Feb 2016 10:30
Naiqamu Tells:  Reject Goodwill Payment
Tui Vuya Amenatave Rabona, Minister for Fisheries and Forest Osea Naiqamu and Commsioner North Jovesa Vocea at Nabouwalu in Bua on Wednesday. PHOTO:PENI DRAUNA

New policy to ensure iqoliqoli owners share in proceeds from fishing licences

 

The Minister for Fisheries and Forests, Osea Naiqamu, is urging iqoliqoli owners to reject goodwill payments until the new framework is determined by Government.

He said Government recognised traditional user rights and would consider compensation for the owners of the 410 iqoliqoli areas, for example, the concept currently adopted by the province of Macuata.

“We have received a lot of complaints from fishermen about the levies being demanded by iqoliqoli owners,” he said during the consultation on regularisation of the goodwill payments to customary fishing right owners for the issuance of inshore fishing licence.at Nabouwalu, Bua, on Wednesday.

“Government stopped this because we did not want the price of fish to be high for the ordinary Fijians.”

The goodwill payment to iqoliqoli (customary fishing rights) owners was also abolished to make way for a transparent formula.

Government now has created a new policy that would ensure iqoliqoli rights owners share in the proceeds from fishing licences.

As for payment Mr Naiqamu said 90 per cent goes back to the iqoliqoli owners for the mataqali/yavusa beneficiaries while 10 per cent goes to Government.

The ministry is holding consultations and awareness programmes in Vanua Levu this week.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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