An Easter campaign urging communities along the coast to work with the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (DAFF) to bring an end to the illegal exploitation of marine resources will be launched on Thursday. "This campaign with the theme 'Working Together To Protect Our Marine Resources', also seeks to illustrate the important role that communities play in the protection of these resources," the department said in a statement.
"Communities will be made aware of the negative impacts of poaching on the social and economic life of particularly coastal and fishing communities..." the department said, adding that it aims to teach communities about the different ways in which they can work with law enforcement agencies to bring an end to the illegal poaching of the marine resources.
"Some ways to get involved in this important campaign include the purchasing of fish products from dealers who are authorised to do so and to insist on a receipt when buying their fish products," DAFF said. They urged citizens to report suspicious activities to the law enforcement agencies. The department, police and traffic officials will be on duty at various vehicle check-points and will distribute pamphlets at beach festivals and shopping centres during Easter.