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Koroilavesau: Fisheries Patrol Action Warning To Poachers

Arecent joint operations by the Ministry of Fisheries and officers of the Fiji Police Force in the Central Division should come as a warning to poachers who fish illegally in
26 Sep 2016 08:01
Koroilavesau: Fisheries Patrol Action Warning To Poachers
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Arecent joint operations by the Ministry of Fisheries and officers of the Fiji Police Force in the Central Division should come as a warning to poachers who fish illegally in our waters.

The Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau, in a statement released yesterday, said the ministry would do all it could to curb illegal fishing of our waters.

“Our Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) unit of the ministry is to administer the regulations under the current Fisheries Cap 158 in its effort to ensure the sustainability of resources and management of different fisheries by all users,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“With land patrol operations, it is not simply detecting total number of illegal fishers and confiscating fishing catch and gear used by such fishers but mostly to increase visibility of enforcement agencies on the ground.”

Sea patrol is an operation that is normally carried out, in an attempt to limit the increasing number of illegal fishing activities and non-licensed fishing in any fishing ground.

Awareness has been conducted around the country on these issues of illegal fishing but yet more continue to poach on fishing grounds that are not stated in their licences. Most of those caught engaging in illegal fishing activities do not own licences at all, the ministry said.

The MCS unit of the ministry will be strengthened but will continue to need support from all stakeholders so that the issues of illegal fishing are addressed accordingly.

Honourary fish wardens have also played a huge role in trying to address these issues and the ministry will continue to work with them in the protection of their traditional fishing grounds.

Awareness and advice will continually be provided to fisher folks, middlemen and coastal resource users on fisheries related issues and sustainable management and development of fisheries resources.

Source: Ministry of Fisheries

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