Beche-de-mer. [File Photo]
The government has extended the harvesting and trading period for beche-de-mer, following numerous requests from coastal communities.
Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau says the beche-de-mer population remains healthy.
Koroilavesau says this has been possible through the continued monitoring of beche-de-mer population health, timely data reporting from licensed harvesters and traders, proper data recording, analysis, enforcement and compliance with scientific backing.
He says this has enabled $17 million in direct cash transactions to be paid to resource owners to build back from the impacts of COVID-19.
Koroilavesau says additional economic benefits will be derived from the exports of processed beche-de-mer, and this will be a significant boost to the economy.
The harvesting window has been extended to February 2, 2023, while the trade and export period has been extended to April 2, 2023.