Authorizing Fisheries Officers in Vanuatu train on MCS techniques

Provincial Fisheries Authorizing Officers have recently completed a training that focused on the laws and regulations as well as the techniques of Monitoring, Controlling and Surveillance (MCS) of coastal fisheries.

The workshop was aimed at training the Authorizing Officers to ensure there is sustainable fisheries for the future generation of Vanuatu.

The twenty-five participants representing various provinces were among a few experienced fisheries officers in this workshop, which was conducted by South Pacific Commission’s (SPC) Specialist in Coastal Fisheries, Aquaculture, Monitoring and Surveillance, Ian Freeman at the Moorings in Port Vila.

Speaking to the media, Mr Freeman explained the purpose of this workshop is to train Authorized Fisheries Officers to be able to go back to their communities and to explain the need for conservation and the importance of following legislation and regulations to ensure there is sufficient fish for the future.

“In terms of the benefits to Vanuatu as a whole, it should mean we have far more sustainable fisheries particularly at coastal level and given more importance to subsistence living for the communities which I believe is a really great objective to achieve in the future, “said Mr Freeman.

The participants conducted some market inspections where they spoke to fish market vendors and inspect what they have to sell.

They also inspected a few fishermen and checked whether they are catching fish that are of legal size and are not undersize and unfit to sell in the market.

The Authorizing Officers also trained on how to issue fines and confiscate materials which is illegal to have under the Act.

Photo supplied Caption: Participants during the workshop



Tensly Sumbe