FUNAFUTI COUNCILORS ANGRY AT VIOLATION OF CONSERVATION AREA

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FUNAFUTI COUNCILLORS ANGRY AT VIOLATION OF CONSERVATION AREA

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (April 26 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---Members of the Funafuti Town Council have expressed anger at still another violation of the Funafuti Island conservation area project, which covers a third of the Funafuti lagoon and a chain of surrounding islets.

In a radio broadcast, Town Council President and former Prime Minister and Governor-General, Sir Toaripi Lauti, made another strong appeal to all residents on Funafuti to observe the area ban on fishing and bird hunting, Radio Tuvalu reports.

Sir Toaripi says project officials have found evidence of birds being shot and a number of groups fishing in the area recently.

He reminded the people of Funafuti that the conservation project was supported by international agencies, so that Tuvalu can achieve some degree of fisheries development and sustain endangered wildlife.

Legislation to enforce protection measures and to penalize offenders is being prepared for approval by Tuvalu’s Parliament.

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