THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) warns the public against the use of dynamites to fish following the arrest and charging of a fisherman in Central Province on 13 November 2018.
On 13 November Police at Tulagi received a report from a member of the Crime Prevention Committee that the suspect male person from Malaita allegedly used dynamite to kill fish at Sole Point near Haleta Village in Big Gela.
“My officers responded to the report and arrested the male suspect at Niu Vunuha Village in Big Gela and charged him with the offence of fishing with a prohibited substance under the Fisheries Management Act. The suspect has been released on bail to reappear in the Tulagi Magistrates Court on 11 February 2019,” says Supervising Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Inspector Hugo Maelasi.
Supervising PPC Maelasi adds: “I want like to advice the good people of Central Province or other provinces for that matter to refrain from using dynamites for fishing. Dynamite is a prohibited weapon as it can cause death to anyone. Furthermore catching fish with dynamite is not good for human consumption and anyone found using dynamite will be dealt with according to law.”
“Police in Central Province greatly appreciates the cooperation shown in this particular matter by members of the Crime Prevention Committee in the area of the alleged incident for coming forward with the information which led to the investigation and successful arrest of the suspect. This cooperation is critical as the country goes into the Festive Season,” says Inspector Maelasi.
He explains: “Police cannot be everywhere at all times so it is very important that members of our communities report such matters to your nearest police station. On the part of the police we need to respond as soon as possible as was shown in this matter. It is only through such working together can we ensure safety and security within our communities.”