TWO INJURED IN FIJI FISHING RIGHTS SCUFFLE

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 11) – Two men are in the hospital, one with a spear wound, following a dispute over fishing rights in waters near Nukulau Island in Fiji.

Police say one of the men confronted a group of four fishermen early Friday morning at Laucala Reef, near the mouth of the Rewa River.

The man allegedly demanded the group from Vutia Village hand him over their catch claiming he has rights over the fishing ground.

However, the elder man in the boat told his nephews to ignore the complainant and continue back to their village.

Enraged, the lone man rammed the group's boat, causing it to capsize. He then speared one of them in the water.

The other three boarded the man's boat and beat him.

The Vutia villagers told police that the man had confronted others before over rights to fish in the area.

Waters around Nukulau have been ruled out of bounds to outsiders since the Prisons Department converted the picturesque island into a prison for coup front man George Speight and his associates in 2001.

July 11, 2005

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