03/12/2021

TORBA recognizes the Community Based Fisheries Authorized Officers

Mota Lava Island Paramount Chief, Ken Frazer lauds the Vanuatu Fisheries Department
Community-Based Fisheries Authorized Program.

At the Sola Council Hall, Four Fisheries Authorized Officer for Mota Lava and Gaua Island
were officially presented with their credentials and IDs by the TORBA Province, President,
Edmond Sovan.

“As the Paramount Chief of Mota Lava Island, I am very happy attending the official
appointment today, as we now have three Authorized Officers who will now look after our
Marine Resources and make sure that all our Conservation Areas are respected,”
Paramount Chief, Frazer said.

“We have 5 Marine Protected Areas in the past, today we only have four, but yet the four
are not fully respected by our people. Today with the Appointment of three of our very own
Mota Lava Fisheries Authorized Officers who are protected by the Law, I can assure my
people that our marine resources are now in safe hands.”

Fisheries Development Officer for TORBA, Willy Jimmy challenges the newly appointed
Officers to go out in the field and carry out their duties accordingly and to always put their
job first, especially when they are community-based.

Paramount Chief Frazer would like to thank the Fisheries Department and the Area Council
involved and all the leaders that are involved in making the Community Based Fisheries
Authorized Officer, a dream come true for all the coastal communities around Vanuatu.
The Appointment of the Community Based Fisheries Authorized Officer comes under the
Fisheries Act Number 10 of 2014.