NORTH Fisheries officer Joji Vakawaletabua says the use of gas diving equipment in qoliqoli areas is allowed, provided permission is granted by the permanent secretary.
He made the comment at the Macuata Provincial Council meeting in Labasa.
Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere wanted to know in which qoliqoli areas could gas apparatus be used.
Mr Vakawaletabua said the divers usually identified the area and informed the ministry in their application forms.
He said the application forms were then given to the department's permanent secretary for approval.
Mr Vakawaletabua said once approval was granted, the divers could go ahead and use gas in the areas they had identified in their application. He clarified that only the permanent secretary could grant that permission.