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Call for training

Luke Rawalai
Monday, April 21, 2014

FISH wardens on the island of Galoa in Bua province are tired of seeking assistance from the Fisheries Department in Nabouwalu for training workshops to assist them in their work.

Speaking at the recent Lekutu district council meeting on the island of Tavea, Galoa village headman Simione Makosoi said there was an urgent need to train fish wardens on the island.

Mr Makosoi said most of the wardens did not know what action to take when policing their fishing grounds.

"We have been seeking assistance from the Fisheries Department in Nabouwalu for a long time now but nothing has been done so far," he said.

"Therefore, I am getting this important issue again to this meeting because I feel that fish wardens need to be educated before they can successfully execute their role.

"Our fishing grounds continue to be infested with poachers and I think that it is high time wardens were empowered through proper training to police our fishing grounds against these thieves."

Responding to the concerns, Bua fisheries officer Tomasi Cama said they had received the requests and were still processing it.

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