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Service Delivery Vital, Govt Officials Reminded

All Government of­ficials have been re­minded of the need to be pro-active, especially in terms of service delivery. This was stressed by the Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau, during a
31 Aug 2018 11:00
Service Delivery Vital, Govt Officials Reminded
Talebula Sesevu (left nearest to camera), Taitusi Tukana, Ministry of Fisheries Research Officer Tevita Vodivodi, Matai Kaloutoto and Samuela Vakaloloma during the Ministry of Fisheries talanoa session in Kabara in the Southern Lau group on August 29, 2018. Photo: Sheenam Chandra

All Government of­ficials have been re­minded of the need to be pro-active, especially in terms of service delivery.

This was stressed by the Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau, during a talanoa session in Nai­keleyaqa Village, tikina of Kabara in the Southern Lau group. This was the minis­ter’s reply to some Kabara elders who requested if he could see to it that Lakeba Fisheries Officers visit them more often.

“We need to be made aware of the recent activities and legislation that is taking place within the fisheries ministry,” the villagers said.

Also, the Director of Fish­eries, Aisake Batibasaga said: “We will improve on their service delivery and better their advisory roles and visits to the outer is­lands in the Lau group.”

This talanoa session was also used to inform the vil­lagers of Naikeleyaqa about the Fishing Aggregated De­vices (FAD) that the Minis­try of Fisheries will be pro­viding to them.

During this session, the headmen from all four vil­lages in Kabara – Matai Kaloutoto (Naikeleyaqa), Samuela Vakaloloma (Udu), Talebula Sesevu (Tokalau) and Taitusi Tukana (Loma­ti) had come together and started up a fishermen asso­ciation. They had registered as a committee. Not only will the villagers benefit from this project, but they will also be helping the Ministry of Fisheries in return.

In addition, Ministry of Fisheries FAD project officer Sailosi Cili said the villag­ers had to provide feedback on their catch at least once a month to their Roko-Tui. Then the Roko-Tui will up­date the Ministry of Fish­eries so that reports can be filed and taken to Parlia­ment.

“FAD is given to villagers so that they can use them in their waters. It is beneficial for communities because it reduces fuel consumption for boats and the boats do not have to go out into the open sea to fish during ad­verse weather conditions,” Mr Cili said.

The Ministry of Fisheries has been working on this project for the past 18 years.

“It is encouraging to see that the villagers are them­selves making these FAD after been taught on how to. Some villagers in Vanua Levu like Natewa, Kioa and Rabi have been making their own FAD,” Mr Cili said.

He also said the materials given by the ministry was free for the first time, if the villagers show interest then they can devise ways and plans on constructing their own FAD.

“Basically we are trying out a sustainable way of fishing. The aggregate will attract the small fish colo­nies, which in turn will at­tract the large fish colonies. The fishermen go near these FADs and fish for larger fish,” Mr Cili said.

“They can fish for tuna, ma­himahi and walu using these FADs.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

 Feedback: sheenam.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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