25 Aug 2010

Foreign fishing observer training underway in Vanuatu

10:54 am on 25 August 2010

10 young men in Vanuatu, dubbed 'eyes of the government', have began a month-long training to become observers on foreign fishing vessels fishing in Vanuatu waters.

The Director of Fisheries, Moses Amos, who opened a workshop on the issue, says each student will be certified as an observer on a fishing vessel on behalf of the government.

Mr Amos encourages the observers to be committed and not be swayed from their task.

The training is coordinated by Siosifa Fukofuka who is an observer and sampling trainer from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

The training is made possible with the help of the Forum Fisheries Agency and the SPC.