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Chiefs monitor waters

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

THE use of compressors in Bua's traditional fishing grounds will be closely monitored.

Chiefs of Cakaunitabua met last week to discuss the issue of poaching and illegal use of compressors by divers who use the qoliqoli.

As a result, they agreed at a bose vanua to have villagers monitor their qoliqoli.

Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said only the use of gas for fishing purposes would be allowed.

He told the chiefs at the meeting it was important for them to protect their qoliqoli from illegal activities.

Ratu Orisi reminded the chiefs to think of their future generation.

"We need to consider our future generations and make sure that while issuing licences, we still have enough for the future.

"The chiefs' decisions are important because it will have an effect on our generations tomorrow."

Ratu Orisi said applications for fishing permits in Bua had been received.

"Chiefs are processing applications for permits in their districts so they can know the companies or fishermen using their qoliqoli.

"They might also put down conditions for using the qoliqoli like having a reserved area as part of environmental issues."


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