BOAT owners in the Lau Group have been told to get their boats surveyed and registered because it is a requirement under the Maritime Act.
Maritime and Safety Authority of Fiji officer Metuisela Beci told villagers of Matuku, Totoya and Moala during talanoa sessions the government had spent a lot of money searching for people who went missing at sea.
"The government is not concerned about the money it spends on searches but is worried about your life and the lives of the passengers in your boat," Mr Beci said.
"The money spent on searches can be diverted to other government projects."
Mr Beci said the authority was ready to conduct training for people in acquiring a licence because the government had provided huge discounts on the prices for boating equipment required under the Maritime Act.