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Company investigates fishy business

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

THIS month has proven to be all-round negative for fishing company Solander Pacific Limited who recently found out that crew members on their vessels had been stealing fish worth thousands of dollars.

And the company's general manager, Radhika Kumar, suspects this has been the issue for a few years now.

"We think that all this racket has been happening for a while now and we may need the assistance of the Navy and other people just to find out what has been going on," Mrs Kumar said.

"And we certainly suspect that it is happening on all our other vessels, we're investigating it now, and we've asked our company lawyer to find a private detective who can investigate further."

Mrs Kumar said they believed that with each vessel sent out, between $7000 and $10,000 worth of fish was stolen by the crew members and sold along streets.

"We own a total of 13 boats and just imagine with every trip if we could have saved that amount of money, we wouldn't be in such a situation."

She said the organisation found out about the incidences earlier this year when one of their boats, the Solander XIV was seen offloading freshly caught fish into a smaller boat near Suva Point.

"One of our boats was coming back from the fishing grounds and on the way in, it met a smaller boat and the Solander XIV transferred about 1.4 tonnes of fish to the boat, that's approximately $7000.

"There were a lot of police patrolling and they saw a lot of action happening around that area — a lot of cars, a boat and so that's how we found out about it."








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