ALL boats heading for the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups will be strictly screened by police. And boat operators who fail to abide by simple rules will be dealt with accordingly.
Police operations director SSP Rusiate Tudravu said large groups of people would be visiting the islands for Christmas and New Year, so it was important that boat operators followed the rules.
"We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maritime Services that our officers will be present at all port of entries to ensure the rules are observed," he said.
"Recently, boats have capsized, mainly through the ignorance of boat owners of simple maritime rules."
Police officers have undergone relevant training for the exercise.
SSP Tudravu said those who failed to adhere to the rules would be charged, adding that lawbreakers also placed a strain on the police's finances.
"If maritime rules are observed we will not be wasting our resources looking for missing people, fishermen or missing boats," he added.