Illegal fishing, poaching in the marine conservation park, including landing on Vatu-i-Ra Island without proper approval and biosecurity clearance is a serious concern for the health and success of the Conservation Park.
Education and awareness will be conducted throughout Ra Province, to ensure both communities from Nakorotubu District as well as outside the district and province are aware of the Conservation Park, and comply with the management rules.
Tourism operators will include details about the Conservation Park and the management rules during dive briefings, to ensure voluntary compliance of visitors to the Park.
This can be done through the distribution and socialization of the Management Plan with individual villages, as well as with fishers encountered during patrols. Flyers and other awareness materials should be produced and distributed widely.
Tourism operators can include details about the Conservation Park and the management rules during dive briefings, to ensure voluntary compliance of visitors to the Park.
The Management Committee is responsible for coordinating all monitoring and surveillance activities within the Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park, and ensuring compliance with the rules and regulations outlined in this management plan.
In particular, the Management Committee is responsible for:
- ensuring adequate and appropriate training of community fish wardens;
- facilitating and securing of resources and equipment for patrol;
- ensuring there is a mechanism for tourism operators to report on breaches of the management plan;
- establishing a monitoring and providing surveillance protocol
- ensuring proper recording and reporting of breaches;
- coordinating with enforcement agencies; and
- ensuring all biosecurity protocols are strictly adhered to.
Government officers and police are responsible for enforcing national laws. Courts may impose penalties for breaches of national laws, including fines and prison sentences, and may make other orders, including cancellation of certain types of license.
Patrols teams and Management Committee will need to coordinate closely with enforcement agencies such as Ministry of Fisheries, navy, and the police.