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Ministry Plans To License Fish Vendors

Minister believes this will help them to crack down  on illegal fishing The Ministry of Fisheries believes that the licensing of fish vendors will help them crack down on illegal
26 Oct 2016 23:13
Ministry Plans To License Fish  Vendors
Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau would belies that the licensing of fish vendors would help them police illegal operators. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO

Minister believes this will help them to crack down  on illegal fishing

The Ministry of Fisheries believes that the licensing of fish vendors will help them crack down on illegal fishing operators in the country.

The minister, Semi Koroilavesau, said this was one of the recommended solutions for the continuous poaching issues raised by iqoliqoli owners.

“I wanted to take this up to Government to consider the licensing of people who sell fish.

“If we only target fishermen, but there is an opportunity for them to sell, and the sellers are not licensed, then it is difficult to control the illegal operators,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“Illegal fishing is a common complaint around the islands.

“It is a subject that needs to be considered in totality in the way that we tackle it.”

But since there was demand, the minister said illegal fishing would continue unless fish merchants were licensed.

“Everything is demand driven.

“We need to try and figure out where we will be able to have better control to handle illegal fishing,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

He said they would also improve on their policing to hunt down illegal operators and hopefully put an end to the unlawful act.

“I think we have to work in co-ordination with the Police and the Navy and try and work out a programme so that we can tackle the issue.

“Fisheries alone will not be able to do it because of the wide area that is covered and also our capability in our equipment and the ability of the assets that we have,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“I understand that these people are travelling in very high speed boats and they go out at night to carry out these illegal activities.”

He said this way they would try and match the equipments that these illegal operators used.

Edited by Naisa koroi

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