By Serafina Silaitoga
Patrols in qoliqoli areas will now be done at night also, says divisional fisheries officer North Joji Vakawaletabua.
This was made known at the Macuata Provincial Council meeting yesterday.
Mr Vakawaletabua made the comment after concerns were raised about continuous poaching in the qoliqoli of Mali.
Tui Mali Ratu Apenisa Bogiso told the meeting that poaching continued to happen in his qoliqoli area.
He also said fishing gear were also being stolen from fishermen who left their things in the boats at night.
Ratu Apenisa said the matter was of serious concern and they would like to work with the Fisheries Department to prevent poaching.
He added that most poaching activities happened at night.
Responding to his concerns, Mr Vakawaletabua said the fish wardens already chosen in villages were patrolling the qoliqoli area.
He said instead of just patrolling the area in the day, the wardens would now patrol the qoliqoli at night.
Mr Vakawaletabua said the wardens would also be provided boat engines to help them with their work.
The engines, he said, were designed to help wardens get to poachers at a quicker time compared to the slow engines currently being used.
Mr Vakawaletabua said women would also be part of the wardens' team.