The Mamanuca Sea Turtle Conservation Project was introduced at the first Malolo district meeting that was held at Tavua Village on the 6th of March 2014.
As part of community consultation and awareness, MES Project Officer Soro Seru spoke about the second phase of the Turtle Project.
With the presence of all village Headman from the four villages, traditional leaders, Assistant Roko Tui Malolo and other government officials, the project objectives were introduced highlighting communities role in observing and adhering to the current Turtle Moratorium under the Fisheries Act. The meeting delegates accepted and showed their full support towards the project. The message from this meeting will be relayed at village level during each village meeting.
MES presentation was cemented by a short speech by the representative from Police Station- Nadi, Mr Etonia Vuli talking on the importance of obeying the law that the government of Fiji has put into place. Mr Vuli stated that at the end of the day, the Police Force will handle everything, especially when a village member has been prosecuted for illegal harvesting of turtles or its eggs.
MES hopes that through this project Malolo communities will contribute to the national and regional efforts of increasing turtle population in Fiji.