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Poaching concern

Luke Rawalai
Monday, January 20, 2014

POACHERS from an island in the West have allegedly been caught in Yadua waters fishing illegally and catching crabs without the consent of resource owners.

Speaking during the Prime Minister's recent talanoa session on the island, district representative Tavita Robanakadavu said poaching was a serious issue on the island.

Mr Robanakadavu told the government delegation that visited the island that turtle slaughtering was still well and alive in the area by these poachers, saying that this was mostly done on the neighbouring vacant island of Yaduataba.

"Last month we had to chase a few women and fishermen who were fishing and searching for crabs on the mangroves in Yadua," he said.

"They were actually caught by a few youths on the island and when we enquired about their origins they said that they hailed from the West.

"This is very sad and we fear for the worse because most of these activities take place on the world heritage site on Yaduataba Island which is a sanctuary to the Crested Iguana."

Responding to the concerns, divisional fisheries officer North Joji Vakawaletabua said they needed volunteers to secure the seas surrounding the island.

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