The Central Fish Wardens Forum was held today at the Forestry Training Centre in Colo-i-Suva and was attended by around 30 participants from Serua, Namosi, Naitasiri, Tailevu and Rewa.
Director of Fisheries, Aisake Batibasaga challenged the participants to take their roles seriously and to build stronger networks with their various communities.
“You are our eyes and ears on the ground and we sincerely hope that you have been carrying out your roles seriously and actively,” said Mr Batibasaga.
“This one day forum is to hear your thoughts on how best we can work together to stop illegal fishing and poaching within Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s),” said Batibasaga.
Batibasaga stressed that the ministry is doing all it can to bring illegal fishers to task.
“We especially need the support of the fish wardens and members of the coastal communities. We will certainly strengthen control in high risk areas in the coming months.”
Participants discussed on the challenges that they faced in their various communities and also came up with solutions.
There were also positive outcomes on how they can build a network that will see them exchanging information on the various boats that fish illegally in different fishing grounds around the country.
The ministry is sincerely thankful for the support that has been rendered so far to the ministry by fish wardens around the country.