Fish Warden Training for Qoliqoli Cokovata community fishers
The three day workshop that was held at Sasa village in Macuata, enabled community fishers to better understand their roles and responsibilities as Fish Wardens under the Fisheries Management Act and also protect their fishing grounds from illegal fishing activities, especially for community fishers who depend on small scale fishing income.
WWF-Pacific’s Community Development officer Metui Tokece said the participants have learnt the importance of how to sustainably manage marine resources within their traditional fishing grounds.
He added that during discussions, much emphasis had been placed on the critical role Fish Wardens play in keeping a check on the management of their fisheries, since it involves prevention, detection and enforcement of the provisions within the Fisheries Act,the Seasonal Species restriction regulation and the Offshore Fisheries Management Act 2012.
The forum was timely given that it provided an opportunity for the team from the Ministry of Fisheries to consult with Fish Wardens and other stakeholders in getting their inputs into key aspects of enforcement and compliance especially on the need to protect certain species from over fishing such as Turtles, Bech-de-mer, Giant clams, Bumphead Parrot Fish and Hump head Wrasse (Varivoce).
Support towards enabling participants in being part of the Fish Warden training was provided by WWF-Netherlands.