By Serafina Silaitoga
Night patrols in qoliqoli areas have started in the North.
Divisional fisheries officer North Joji Vakawaletabua said fish wardens started the patrols last week.
Mr Vakawaletabua said the week-long night patrols were a success so far with no cases of poaching reported.
"Since starting the night patrol, cases of poaching have dropped and we hope it remains that way," he said.
"Our aim is to get rid of this illegal activity which has affected licence holders and resource owners as well.
"The fish wardens from villages are doing the patrol and they are assisted by our team."
Compared with past years, Mr Vakawaletabua said reports of poaching had dropped.
"It is the resource owners who get affected so they have also assisted us in these patrols through their fish wardens.
"The night patrol has already started in the Udu Point area and in Bua as well. We will cover the three provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata ensuring that the qoliqoli area is protected from poachers."
Last month at the Macuata Provincial Council meeting, Mr Vakawaletabua told council members that night patrols would be introduced to curb poaching.