FISHING grounds in parts of West Russell, Central province are out of bound for fishing.
Chiefs in the area issued the stop notice following increase use of dynamite fishing in the area by fishermen from the province and outsiders.
The move to protect the fishing ground is to ensure fishing is done sustainably and also to allow fish stock to recover.
Chief of the Keruval tribe and representative of the chiefs John Kekei said their group have started to put the stop notice.
Most of the people in the area have been advised about this latest move.
“The restriction action is part of preserving marine resources in the islands in the case of any tourism development may take place in the future.”
He explained the stop notice or the ban was passed by the chiefs in the area.
He said in some of the islands fish stocks have depleted as a result of overfishing.
“One of the islands that is currently under restriction is Folaun islands where it will ban from fishing for ten years,” the chiefs’ rep said.
“If anybody caught breaching the order will be penalised,” he said.
By SOLOMON LOFANA