BAUXITE is a non-toxic mineral, says Mineral Resources Department (MRD) deputy director Venasio Nasara.
Mr Nasara made the comment at a meeting attended by a group of government officials, district reps and chiefs in Lekutu, Bua on Thursday after media reports claimed the effects of bauxite mining had depleted marine resources in the iQoliqoli of Navakasiga.
Buli Lekutu, Tevita Raiova, said the operations at the mine were totally different from what was being highlighted.
"It's evident that people of Bua who go to the media must state what is correct and true and I have seen with my own eyes that there is no evidence of fish stocks being depleted," Mr Raiova said.
"This is my qoliqoli and our men and women continue to harvest the sea around where they said there is no fish.
"Even mineral resources officials have pointed out that bauxite is saline, thus it dissolves into salty sea."
Vuya district rep Mika Dreweta reiterated that government heads in Bua should attend the district and Bua council meetings to clarify developments happening in Bua.
Mine manager Basilio Vanuaca said the stockpiling of bauxite had continued in preparation for further shipments.
He said two water trucks were on the road daily and that the company would bring two more for this purpose.
"In addition, the truck drivers are monitored daily to ensure they keep within the speed required and the distances set out by law."