Speaking on behalf of Paramount Chief, Kalsau Kalomtak, Marik Waoute and Timothy Andrew Marikoftau said the have received reports that some people were seen fishing and diving in the protected areas.
The two leaders who have responsibilities under the Erakor Council of Chiefs called on the people of Erakor Village and members of the public to respect the ban.
“We understand that the State of Emergency is current, but, people must also respect the marine protected areas. The ban is not uplifted. People must not take advantage of the situation and partake in these restricted fishing activities,” the two leaders stated.
They made it clear that the ban which was placed in May 2019 will only be removed in 2024.
“We are doing this for the sake of our future generations. We want them to enjoy the marine resources just like we did.”
The two Erakor leaders warned that should anyone be caught for not respecting the marine ban, the individual or group of people will be brought before the Erakor Council of Chiefs and penalized.