A-G: No impact on fishing ability

Opposition member of Parliament Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, left, and Anare Vadei during a break between session at Parliament. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Opposition member of Parliament Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, left, and Anare Vadei during a break between session at Parliament. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE establishment of the Tui Samoa cable and the construction of the eCenter cable landing station on Vanua Levu will have no direct impact on the fishing ability for the people within that area.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made this statement while responding to a supplementary question by Opposition member of Parliament Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu in Parliament.

Ratu Naiqama asked the A-G if there was consideration given to the plight of qoliqoli owners.

In response, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said a massive environment impact assessment was carried out before work began.

“There is absolutely no impact on the fishing ability of the people in that area, we have the cable going stronger, and it doesn’t affect the ability of people going fish,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

For the construction of the eCenter cable landing station in Savusavu, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Tui Samoa cable landed on the airport vicinity where they would build the eCenter building to house the cable.

“The cable has actually landed in the airport vicinity and currently we are actually building the actual fabricated eCenter building where the cable will be actually housed.

“The Tui Samoa cable is a summering cable that comes from Samoa to land in Vatuwaqa and to connect Samoa to the Southern Cross cable.

Meanwhile, the eCenter building will be completed by the end of April.