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Beach-der-mer export will be difficult: Koroilavesau

June 6, 2018 12:39 am

With the ban on export of beach-der-mer, it will be difficult for any local sea food processing company to continue this illegal activity.

Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau says they have been working closely with other ministries to ensure businesses who sell beach-der-mer to other countries are taken to task.

Koroilavesau says with numerous reminders on the ban – Fijians are starting to realize how serious the ministry is about this issue.

“It’s difficult to carry out a business of exporting beach-der-mer because we are basically working in coordination with other line ministries. So if you continue to harvest you will not be able to export it so that is basically why we put the ban on export because we cannot control the activities when we made the initial ban. So the law is there and if you continue to carry out this illegal activity we’ll leave to the law to deal with it."

Meanwhile, he says some villagers were still found to be harvesting and selling beach-der-mer.

The Ministry is trying it’s best to help villagers better understand the reasons behind the ban of beach-der-mer and other banned fish species.