FIJI TUNA FISHERMEN SEEK CURBS ON FOREIGN BOATS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 8) - Fiji’s Tuna Boat
Owners Association has called on the government to reduce the number of foreign
fishing boats because they pose a threat to the local industry.

The Association’s spokesman, Aminio Nauvalulevu, told the Fiji
Times that recently the ministry of fisheries decided to reduce the number of
foreign vessels from 150 to 90.

Nauvalulevu says this was an admission of over-fishing and the
previous allowable level was unsustainable.

He says the Association wants the number of vessels further
reduced because the future of the tuna industry cannot be guaranteed.

Naivalulevu says the Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese cannot be
allowed to benefit from Fiji’s tuna resources on the excuse that locals cannot
run their own boats and processing plants.

He says at least 55 vessels should be reserved for local
fishermen.

May 8, 2003

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