Fisheries

New fish license formula to replace goodwill payment

The government will create a new policy that will ensure Qoliqoli rights owners share in the proceeds from fishing licenses. The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the Government had abolished goodwill payment to Qoliqoli (customary fishing rights) owners to make way for a transparent formula. Speaking at the opening of the Caboni Fisheries Hatchery office in Togovere, Rakiraki yesterday, the […]

Peni Shute

February 5, 2016 9:56 am

The government will create a new policy that will ensure Qoliqoli rights owners share in the proceeds from fishing licenses.

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the Government had abolished goodwill payment to Qoliqoli (customary fishing rights) owners to make way for a transparent formula.

Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the multi-species hatchery in Caboni, Ra. PHOTO: Fijian Government.
Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the multi-species hatchery in Togovere, Ra.
PHOTO: Fijian Government.

Speaking at the opening of the Caboni Fisheries Hatchery office in Togovere, Rakiraki yesterday, the Prime Minister said Qoliqoli owners should refuse goodwill payments until the new government framework is determined.

My Government will ensure that all relevant stakeholders will be consulted and be given the opportunity to contribute to the formulation of a more accountable and transparent framework, for example, the concept that is currently being adopted by the Province of Macuata.

Bainimarama said the government recognizes traditional user rights and would consider compensation for the owners of the 410 qoliqoli areas.

For your information, this consultative process has already begun and I am happy to say that the feedback so far has been positive.

Meanwhile, the Caboni Fisheries Hatchery, administrated by the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests was built on an initial $1.6 million government investment. A further $700,000 was given to pay for the construction of new staff quarters and utilities.

The hatchery located along the Kings Highwway just outside Togovere village, will breed, hatch and rear tilapia, shrimp and other fish commodities.

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