Maximum of three passengers on fishing boat during curfew
16 April, 2020, 5:17 am
THE Ministry of Fisheries has urged the public specifically fishermen to contact their nearest Fisheries Service Centre should they need clarification and advise on fishing during curfew hours.
The Ministry highlighted that fishermen were to fish only in iqoliqoli areas or fishing grounds that are clearly specified on their licenses.
“The Ministry of Fisheries wishes to reiterate the need for co-operation during these challenging times and for fishermen to please respect the various commodity bans that are still in place,” the ministry said.
Director fisheries Mere Lakeba said they would be working closely with the navy and police in the monitoring
of all fishing activities occurring in Fiji waters.
“Fishermen are advised to also leave their home ports well-before curfew hours and must take note that the exemption to curfew restrictions only applies whilst out at sea.
Those caught on land during the curfew period will face the full brunt of the law,” said Ms Lakeba.
Meanwhile, fishermen in Lautoka are currently issued with special fishing passes before they travel out to sea and stringent measures have also been placed to ensure that they practice social distancing, well informed on preventative measures and undergo thorough screening processes before being allowed to go out fishing.
The Maritime and Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has also issued out instructions stating that a maximum
of three passengers including boat captain will be allowed in small crafts whether they are traveling
to and from the mainland for provisioning or for fishing related activities.