Fisheries wardens have been reminded of the important roles they play during a two day refresher course that was held on the island of Yanuca in the Serua Province.
Speaking to 21 participants from five villages of the district of Serua this afternoon, Acting Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Naipote Katonitabua says that not only should they increase their understanding of fisheries issues, but also assist with policing of their communities.
Katonitabua says especially with the recurrence of hard drugs being found in rural and maritime waters and communities.
He cautioned them to not only be the eyes and ears of the ministry, but to exercise their powers within the fisheries act confines.
He says that any difficult situation should always be handled in a professional manner and wardens should always liase with police, especially if it happens out at sea.
Katonitabua says that they will be looking at strengthening patrols out at sea through their inshore fisheries management division.
The Ministry of Fisheries have been conducting refresher courses for wardens over the years and is also available to conduct the same training to coastal communities who wish to look after their traditional fishing grounds.