PROTECTING marine species is becoming a norm for many who live in the outer islands and rural communities, says Vitawa Village headman Josefa Kasami.
Mr Kasami said as a result of the depletion of such resources in their traditional fishing grounds, the villagers had taken the responsibility of curbing the problem.
He said the villagers were working with NGOs and government departments to address the issue.
"We now have a three-year taboo in our fishing grounds and we hope to continue that to four years because we have seen the great outcome of demarcating the taboo sites," he said.
"We now have realised that what we lost a few years back has reappeared, especially within our traditional fishing grounds.
"Now we have different varieties of kawakawa (groupers) and sea cucumber which had been depleted in the past."
Mr Kasami said knowing more about the conservation of fishing grounds made people aware of what steps they needed to take to protect marine life.
"Previously, we overfished in our fishing grounds not realising how it would affect the supply of fish in the future.
"Now fishermen and women know where and when to go out fishing and the importance of getting just enough fish for the family."