Fiji Time: 3:38 PM on Monday 2 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Boost for fish wardens

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, May 17, 2014

THE Australian Government gave equipment to fish wardens in the Mali district in order to boost the district's fight against poaching.

The equipment included binoculars, compasses, reflectors, mobile devices and life jackets, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through its Fiji Community Development Program.

The new equipment is earmarked to assist the community comply with Marine Protected Area management rules and best practices.

WWF South Pacific Representative Kesaia Tabunakaiwai said the equipment were an obligation highlighted under a memorandum of understanding between WWF South Pacific and Mali Development Committee for the implementation of the

"Building Effective Community Driven Governance Systems in Mali District to Enhance Community Access to Food, Income Generating Opportunities and Livelihoods Project."

Ms Tabunakawai saluted the efforts of fish wardens over the past years to protect their qoliqoli despite the lack of resources.

"I commend the hard work the fish wardens are doing in terms of policing their waters and I hope the equipment will strengthen their work and ensure the better policing and protection of their MPA," she said.

Mali Develoment Committee chairman Savenaca Koliniwai applauded WWF-South Pacific's commitment to ensuring Mali's natural resources are sustainably managed.

Mr Koliniwai said the life source of the Mali people was in the sea and its resources and therefore the people of Mali and Labasa depended on the qoliqoli of Mali.

WWF's Sustainable Landuse and Livelihoods officer Unaisi Tagicakibau who also manages the Mali project said each of the four villages (Vesi, Ligau, Nakawaqa and Matailabasa) would own a set of equipment.

"They had been using their own resources to patrol their MPAs and over the years have caught poachers in the act and hopefully the equipment will strengthen that work further," she said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61430.5953
JPY 52.567249.5672
GBP 0.33440.3264
EUR 0.42650.4145
NZD 0.70700.6740
AUD 0.64670.6217
USD 0.49080.4738

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 2nd May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Tale of pain
  2. A son's fatal ride
  3. Boy needs $500 a week to live
  4. Cracks and holes deem building unsafe
  5. From cannibalism to Christianity
  6. Two boats drift at sea
  7. CORRECTION
  8. US report scrutinises OHS Department
  9. Resort celebrates
  10. Higher target

Top Stories this Week

  1. Horror crash relived Wednesday (27 Apr)
  2. Teacher fears for safety Tuesday (26 Apr)
  3. Father farewells son Wednesday (27 Apr)
  4. Tale of pain Monday (02 May)
  5. 'Ridiculous change' Tuesday (26 Apr)
  6. 7s eligibility Wednesday (27 Apr)
  7. Mother seeks help Wednesday (27 Apr)
  8. Rawaca's hospital bill payment saga Thursday (28 Apr)
  9. WAF orders staff to work from home Friday (29 Apr)
  10. Prasad accuses Koya of lying in Parliament Friday (29 Apr)