solomon-islands-flag Government of Solomon Islands

Some of the Hapi Fis Hapi Pipol enumerators with their coordinator Paul Jay (front, far right). The others are (L-R) Robert Hagi and Margaret Menapi. Back; Patrick Kekete and Judah Suimae. Photo: MFMR Communication officer.
Some of the Hapi Fis Hapi Pipol enumerators with their coordinator Paul Jay (front, far right). The others are (L-R) Robert Hagi and Margaret Menapi. Back; Patrick Kekete and Judah Suimae. Photo: MFMR Communication officer.

The new reflector vests Hapi Fis Hapi Pipol enumerators received recently will make it easier for fish vendors to identify them said one of the enumerators Patrick Kekete.

The new reflector vests Hapi Fis Hapi Pipol enumerators received recently will make it easier for fish vendors to identify them said one of the enumerators Patrick Kekete.
A local T-shirt company DJ Graphics supplied the kits and the enumerators have already started using them.
 Kekete – one of the enumerators said there is a marked improvement in their work since they started using the vests.
“Now it’s a lot easier and quicker to find fish vendors who are willing to co-orporate with us when we approach them to work on their eskies,” he said.
Hapi Fis Hapi Pipol programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) that started in 2013. Nine enumerators work with fish vendors in Honiara and Gizo to take records of fish, their species type, weight and length and use a camera to capture the fish images. The information is important to help MFMR make better decisions for coastal fisheries management in Solomon Islands.
Mr. Kekete said the wharf is a very busy place each time a boat arrives from the islands and the vests have helped identification much more easily.
At the wharf and in the markets “with the vests we can go about our job much more efficiently because the security and crews can easily identify us as employees of the Ministry of Fisheries. These vests provided high visibility and my other colleagues have also expressed the same,” he added.
 The Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries (MSSIF) – a capacity building programme embedded inside the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and funded by the New Zealand government is providing funds for the Hapi Fis, Hapi Pipol programme.