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Ban on sea turtle to ensure sustainability: Koroilavesau

February 18, 2019 4:33 pm

The Fisheries Ministry will continue to enforce the ban on the harvest of sea turtle.

Minister, Semi Koroilavesau says this is to ensure the conservation, management, and protection of these endangered species are strengthened.

Koroilavesau says there are at least five turtle species in Fiji listed internationally as vulnerable and must be carefully managed to ensure sustainability.

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He says there are some villagers in the Lau group that needed clarification on the ban.

“It is only allowed for certain occasions. For Fijian traditional obligations that are normally held for customs and traditional ceremonies and that’s been clarified with them so they understand the issue.”

With the ban effective from last month – there hasn’t been any reports of breaching.

The ban prohibits sale, possession, and transportation of the protected species

Individuals caught breaking the ban can face an instant fine of $10,000 with the potential of up to $50,000.

For corporations, an instant fine of $20,000 with the potential of up to $100,000.

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