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Confiscated undersized crabs placed at marine protected areas

May 13, 2019 12:15 pm

The Fisheries Ministry has been working with their counterparts from New Zealand to set fish sizes.

This means the fish size will be determined when it’s started to spawn – growing up to the right size before harvest.

Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau says this is an effort to ensure fish species are sustained for future consumption.

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Meanwhile, Koroilavesau has also confirmed more than 200 undersized crabs were caught sold by vendors along the Suva-Nausori corridor.

“We concentrated on crabs and I understand there were over 200 crabs that were confiscated and what they did is that they put it in the MPA’s [Marine Protected Area] so whatever was caught was put back into the MPA’s in the thought that MPA’s protected, people will not harvest it, it had grown big to the set size that is allowed to be sold.”

Koroilavesau is calling on vendors to work with the ministry as this will benefit our future generation.

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