Vanuatu To Strictly Enforce National Coastal Fisheries Management

Coastal fisheries is critical to their livelihood and local economy, greater enforcement will reduce exploitation of resources and ensure better management for future generations

By Anita Roberts

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, September 27, 2017) – The Department of Fisheries (DoF) is increasing its efforts in strengthening the enforcement of the national coastal fisheries management.

DoF Director, Kalo Pakoa said the department is undertaking extensive workshops to train fishery law enforcement officers in provinces, maritime wing and authorized personnel working in communities under Fisheries Act to make inspections and be able to report on illegal activities threatening the sector which feeds the entire population.

The workshops started in Shefa, engaging the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Ministry for Primary Industry of New Zealand and will extend to Sanma Province, involving participants from other provinces.

As part of the workshop in Shefa, Director Pakoa presented the fisheries law enforcement officers with uniforms that can be well recognized by the community as they continue responsibilities.

The majority of the population of Vanuatu live around coastal areas.

Coastal fisheries which is critical to their livelihood and local economy is under threat from the looming effects of climate change, natural disasters and pressure from human activities.

Greater enforcement will reduce exploitation of resources and ensure better management for future generations.

To revive the depleted coastal resources and allow communities to continue to benefit from, the fisheries laws must be applied strictly.

Therefore, people making commercial fisheries activities must follow laws to or else Vanuatu will not have enough resources in the future to support its key industries as tourism, said the Director.

Examples of commercial fisheries activities ranges from harvesting sea cucumber, trochus shell collecting to collecting sea shells to handicraft.

Fisheries laws prohibit the extraction of undersized products, said Mr Pakoa.

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