Between the Lines

BTL: 4th June, 2019

Traditionally, some coastal iTaukei used the root of a plant called “duva” to catch reef fish. It is pounded on the reef and when mixed with water it produces a milky solution which is lethal particularly for small fish.
04 Jun 2019 12:33
BTL: 4th June, 2019

Beware of video

Fake news and hackers seem to be everywhere. The latest is a video called the “the Dance of the Hillary”.

It is a virus that formats your mobile.

Beware it is very dangerous, according to BBC radio. The explicit warning is: Do not open it.

Respect for chiefs?

One strong advocate for chiefs and group indigenous rights raised eyebrows when he asked a high-ranking chief to take a picture of him and the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres when the UN chief was in Suva.

Apparently embarrassed by the act, another colleague grabbed the camera from the chief and took the photo.

If these so-called champions of the chiefs and indigenous group rights know their cultural protocol, they would not have acted the way they did. They lacked tact and disrespected the chief publicly. The fact is you don’t treat a chief like that. It is suffice to say that those iTaukei present that day were not happy with the way the chief was treated. And this is not the last time you will hear about this incident.

Paraquat in fishing?

Traditionally, some coastal iTaukei used the root of a plant called “duva” to catch reef fish. It is pounded on the reef and when mixed with water it produces a milky solution which is lethal particularly for small fish.

The bigger fish get drunk and are easily caught. This kind of fishing is banned because small fish die.

Now some fishers in the upper riches of the Naitasiri rivers are allegedly using the weed killer to catch freshwater fish and prawns.

It has reportedly caused a decline in the local stocks and a health scare.

Paraquat in freshwater fish and prawns is more dangerous than “duva” in reef fish.

The Waima district chief in Naitasiri Ratu Timoci Rokobukete says they are alarmed and concerned that prawns and fish killed by paraquat are allegedly being sold.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Fisheries Craig Strong said – “That is extremely concerning and we will immediately investigate.”

Paraquat is a toxic chemical that is widely used as an herbicide (plant killer), primarily for weed and grass control.

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