A one-week training for Authorized Officers in the Vanuatu Fisheries Department (VFD) is currently underway at the Fisheries Department Conference Room.
Funded by South Pacific Commission (SPC) and facilitated by Ministry for Primary Industries New Zealand and VFD’s Compliance Section, the one-week training includes participants from Efate, Efate offshore islands, Shepherds Outer islands and Paama.
The training of Community Based Authorized Officers involves current and former Authorized Fisheries Officers, as they will be the eyes and ears of the VFD assisting in ensuring sustainability of coastal resources through reporting, enforcement and monitoring of fishing activities, and making sure that there will be enough stocks of rock lobsters, green snails, and coconut crabs for the future generations to come.
Part 10 of the Fisheries Act No.10 of 2014 provides for the power of the minister to appoint ‘Authorized Officers’ on the recommendation of the Director of Fisheries.
The week-long training will end this Friday.