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Boat Assists Fish Wardens Monitor Marine Area

About 30 fish wardens in the tikina of Nakasaleka in Kadavu were given their 23-footer patrol boat with a 60 horse powered engine to assist them in monitoring their newly
08 Nov 2018 10:35
Boat Assists Fish Wardens Monitor Marine Area
About 30 fish wardens in the district of Nakasaleka in Kadavu were given a 23-footer patrol boat with a 60 horse powered engine to help them monitor the Naiqoro marine protected area. Photo: Ministry of Fisheries

About 30 fish wardens in the tikina of Nakasaleka in Kadavu were given their 23-footer patrol boat with a 60 horse powered engine to assist them in monitoring their newly gazetted Naiqoro marine protected area.

Handing over the new boat yesterday at Matasawalevu Village, Minister for Fisher­ies, Semi Koroilavesau said that the hard work now begins for them as they watched over their marine reserve.

“I am sure with the training that you have received, you will be able to uphold the laws and regulations of looking after your marine reserve and let me remind you that you must never take the law into your own hands,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

Tui Taveu, Apenisa Tabua said that they were excited to start with their operations and sincerely thanked Government for the timely assistance.

“We are grateful to Government for the assistance and this will in fact boost opera­tions with the marine reserve,” Mr Tabua said.

“We plan to have two to three men doing night shift work and stationed somewhere where we are able to have a bird’s eye view of the marine gazetted area.

“Villagers in the tikina are aware of the gazetted marine area and we will certainly work together to ensure that we protect our reserved area for generations to come,” added Mr Tabua.

The ministry has conducted fish warden training for most coastal communities around Fiji.

Source: Ministry of Fisheries

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