Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tavua Qoliqoli Owners want Respect - Wednesday, January 27, 2010

TAVUA tikina representative Apisalome Ulusova is asking that fishermen respect areas of their traditional fishing ground that have been restricted.

Mr Ulusova said for the past three to four years, they had managed to sustain the marine and coral life on part of their qoliqoli area known as Salisali, Manava.

"After the death of the Tui Tavua, Ratu Ovini Bokini, we noticed that a lot of vessels, licensed and unlicensed, and even individual fishermen, began fishing in the area. The laws were broken and we tried to stop this by reporting it to the police and the Fisheries Department but poachers continue to be a threat."

He said they were now trying to secure the help from the navy and military to monitor their fishing ground and stop the poachers.

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