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Captain wins letter of the year

Nasik Swami
Saturday, February 02, 2013

THIRTY-NINE-year-old Captain Jonathan Smith is The Fiji Times letter writer of the year for 2012.

The outspoken captain who is passionate about the conservation of marine life won himself a Sony Cyber Shot camera worth $200 from Prouds.

Cpt Smith's letter, titled 'Stay with canoe', was about the Nadolodolo Fishermen's Group of Tavua which received outboard engines to enable them to increase their catch. He wrote that the gift of engines would make the group's qoliqoli empty as such gifts prompt more fishing.

Cpt Smith said he chose to write to The Fiji Times because the newspaper promoted environmental issues.

"For people who cannot afford to go to school, they can always refer to The Fiji Times and learn from its contents," he said.

Cpt Smith said writing letters to the editor was his way of reaching to the public to better inform them about nature and its conservation. He said he looked forward to writing more letters to the editor and urged people who were interested in writing to do so with an open mind.

"Write about what you know and have knowledge of which will benefit the country," Cpt Smith said.

Cpt Smith has also been part of the Uto Ni Yalo project.