Seasonal ban for grouper fish

Alumeci Nakeke of the 4FJ movement talks to the workshop participants at the Police Acedemy at Nasova. Picture: ATU RASEA

THE fishing and consumption of Kawakawa and Donu has been legally banned for the first time this year.

This was highlighted by Programme Manager for Communications for Change (cChange) Mapa Qiolele today during the Cross government enforcement training for Kawakawa and Donu seasonal ban held at the Police Training Academy in Nasova.

The training is an initiative of the Ministry of Fisheries and is being conducted by cChange which includes the Fiji Police Force, Fiji Navy, Fiji Revenue and Customs Service and Town Councils.

Director for the Ministry of Fisheries Aisake Batibasaga said the main aim of the training is to bring together stakeholders to be able to fully enforce the compliances for this seasonal ban.

“I think the Ministry of Fisheries or any other government ministry cannot do it alone we need all our government partners all our Non-Government Organisations here, Civil Society Organisations , our municipal markets and our town councils, who are the administrators for our municipal markets to help us to enforce,” Mr Batibasaga said.

The public is advised that the fishing and consumption of Donu and Kawakawa is banned from June to the end of September and there are fines in place for those who do not comply with this enforcement.