Banaban Voice

News and information service for Banaban Network Worldwide!

Fiji Times Online Salaseini Moceiwai Friday, December 20, 2013

PRINCIPAL fisheries officer northern Joji Vakawaletabua says the ice plant on Rabi Island has not only benefited the island but also fishermen from Taveuni and Vanua Levu.

Mr Vakawaletabua said yesterday the plant was being used well since its opening early this year.

"Fishermen from the Garden Island of Fiji, Kioa and the mainland in Tukavesi and Tunuloa travel all the way to Rabi to buy ice," he said.

"The plant is really progressing well because many fishermen are taking advantage of it almost everyday.

"This new machine has drastically reduced travel times and the cost of doing business.

"It has given fishermen on Rabi and neighbouring islands a better chance to make a decent living from their trade."

The plant was an investment by the government and the Japanese Overseas Fishery Cooperation Agency.

The agency provided $140,000 while the government contributed $120,000 for transportation, installation and maintenance.

It was earlier reported the Rabi facility was the 19th fisheries station with an ice plant in Fiji.

Views: 165


You need to be a member of Banaban Voice to add comments!

Join Banaban Voice

Comment by bakateke tabore on February 4, 2014 at 2:54pm

the ice plant could really benefit those relying on commercial fishing if the $500.00 fishing license is reduced to a reasonable amount or to an arrangement which allows fishermen to slowly pay such amount while fishing and making a living otherwise very few will be able to generate $500.00 on the spot to begin with-just a thought


Visiting Rabi and Ocean Island

Started by brian russell in Banaban Issues. Last reply by Stacey King Apr 16, 2020. 7 Replies

Homecoming to Banaba

Started by Christina Maree Buchanan in Banaban Issues Jun 27, 2019. 0 Replies

Slides of Banaba from the 1960's

Started by Dominic Kaukas in Banaban Issues. Last reply by Stacey King Jun 13, 2019. 1 Reply



Help Rabi Women's Organisation in Fiji by purchasing RABI HANDMADE VIRGIN COCONUT OIL locally in Suva, Fiji



for more details



Radio Links

Bwanan Rabi Radio

(10pm Fiji Time 1&2nd Monday each month)

Live Broadcast

© 2023   Created by Stacey King.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service