The Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau handed over a new boat to the Island of Koro for their seaweed project last week.
Minister Koroilavesau led a delegation from his Ministry to the village of Nabuna where he handed over the brand new boat and outboard engine to their fishermen’s association.
While meeting with the villagers of Nacamaki Minister Koroilavesau said that the ministry would like to further develop their services by establishing a fisheries station and ice plant.
“This is to service the 14 villages on the island. I am aware that farming on the island has begun after the havoc caused by Winston. Whilst waiting for your dalo and yaqona to mature, you can look at other avenues like fishing. This will not only provide your families with protein needs but will be a great source of income as well,” Koroilavesau said.
“Before this eventuates in the near future, my ministry will now be visiting the coastal villages on the island to carry out awareness and trainings. We will be deploying Fishing Aggregate Devices (FAD’s) on the island and with it, intensive training will be carried. “
Fishing Aggregate Devices (FAD’s) is a man-made object used to attract ocean going pelagic fish such as marlin, tuna and mahi-mahi.
“With FAD’s, small fish will be feeding on them and in turn attracting the bigger fish. This system sort of eases some pressure off our reef fish species leaving them to repopulate, ”he added.
Concerns were raised by some of the villagers on the possibilities of having a refresher Fish Warden training so that they have a better understanding of the powers that they have when monitoring their traditional fishing grounds.
Koroilavesau added that they will carry out a packaged training for the island in May this year.
All the 14 villages on the island have established their own fishermen’s association.