IT is that time of the year again when coastal villagers will witness abundance of the seasonal marine delicacy known as balolo.
Villagers along the coastal area of Cakaudrove, particularly Vatudamu, have already made sightings and have begun harvesting this rare species.
The balolo, writhing sea-worms, rises to the surface to spawn twice a year in August and November.
Principal Fisheries officer Northern Joji Vakawaletabua yesterday said the marine species was only found in certain parts of the country.
"Balolo is usually seen in Yanuca, parts of Taveuni and other coastal villages in Cakaudrove. In Vatudamu, two brothers first saw the species before alerting the villagers," Mr Vakawaletabua said.
"A lot of people love to eat balolo because it's tasty and very rare.
'They either fry or make soup out of it.
"It's a kind of species that only emerges towards the end of the year, according to the iTaukei calendar.
"The seasonal species is always anticipated by a lot of iTaukei people and it's kind of traditional for them to wait for it in August and November."
Mr Vakawaletabua said the balolo was not poisonous to eat.
It was earlier reported that the ogo and damu, both deep sea fish, were usually poisonous after the rise of the balolo.
The balolo is blue, brown and green in colour.