Macuata coastal communities work towards finalization of Fisheries Management Plan.
The workshop provided a platform for community representatives to share their experiences and discuss a way forward through a holistic Fisheries Management Action Plan. A community effort that has been supported by the Macuata Provincial office and Ministry of Fisheries.
"Fisheries is something unique to the community, because it is our livelihood, our future, when we talk about fisheries, we are talking about something that is deep within our hearts, said Seru Moce, the District Representative from Mali Island.
Moce, who is also the Chair of the Qoliqoli Cokovata Macuata Committee (QCMC) highlighted that the high attendance from district representatives to the forum is an indication from the coastal fisheries community of their support towards managing their fisheries sustainably.
“You can tell from the reaction of the participants on how they are giving their best by contributing towards finalizing their Fisheries Management plan, because it is something that is unique to them," he said.
WWF-Pacific Coastal Fisheries officer Laitia Tamata, added that the community representatives who attended were from Udu, Cikobia, Nadogo, Namuka, Dogotuki, Mali, Labasa, Dreketi, Seaqaqa, Sasa, and Wailevu.
"One of the highlights of the two day fisheries forum was the fact that the communities of the province of Macuata agreed that most of the challenges and issues are repeated in every forum and workshop, and as a province they want to put a stop to it and change things for the benefit of their grandchildren.”
Mr Tamata also praised the district representatives of QCMC, Labasa, Nadogo and Wailevu for lending a helping hand towards the district communities from upper Macuata.
The project is funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation, the GEF Pacific Ridge to Reef programme & WWF- Netherlands.