Gau Fishermen’s Association get Government support
20 October, 2016, 11:27 am
Update: 11:27AM THE Ministry of Fisheries is planning to work with the Agriculture Marketing Authority to buy fish from the Gau Fishermen’s Association.
Fisheries minister Semi Koroilavesau who is currently touring the Lomaiviti group made the statement after the chairman of the Association, Kelevi Delai pointed out that one of the challenges they faced was the transportation of produce.
The tour by the minister is to better understand and help develop the fisheries sector in maritime islands.
Mr Koroilavesau said the problem highlighted by Mr Delai was the same faced by the Kadavu Fishermen’s Association.
“So I will be sending our fisheries vessel every fortnight to Gau and Kadavu,” Mr Koroilavesau said.
The Gau Fishermen’s Association has a total membership of more than 300 fishermen and was established in September this year.
The Minister visited the Gau island fisheries facilities in Navukailagi Village where he also held discussions with members of the association.
Another challenge highlighted by the association was the availability of large ice boxes to keep their fish ready for the market.
Mr Koroilavesau assured the fishermen that the Ministry would address all concerns highlighted and that the ministry would assist the three tikina with a fibre glass boat each to help.
He also stressed the importance of financial literacy and stated that fishermen on the island must learn how to manage the money earned from fishing.