Fiji Times News
by Serafina Silaitoga
|Tui Wainunu - Ratu Orisi|
CERTAIN qoliqoli areas in the district of Wainunu in Bua have been reserved for future generations with a ban on all fishing activities from next month.
Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said a committee headed by him had surveyed and set aside selected areas of the qoliqoli, including the reef, to be preserved for their future generations.
"We are looking at as long as 10 years to have this taboo and ban all fishing activities from the selected areas," he said.
"This measure is taken to ensure our fishing ground has an abundant supply of fish and sea- food for our children and their children," Ratu Orisi said.
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He said the taboo would be effective from June 1.
"We will go out to sea and have the church pastors bless the qoliqoli area and the reef as well.
"The committee will work with village headmen and the villagers of Wainunu to ensure the taboo is observed.
"We also expect all those living in the vanua of Wainunu to respect the taboo and stay away from restricted areas."