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Fisheries cracks down on illegal beche-de-mer traders

November 27, 2017 5:17 pm

The Ministry of Fisheries says there are more seafood processing facilities in the country that still have stock of beche-de-mers.

Minister responsible, Semi Koroilavesau says despite numerous warnings there are still traders who purchase and sell under sized sea cucumbers.

Koroilavesau says they will be looking into these businesses once they receive tip offs.

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“We will not be able to carry out the raid and inspect those warehouses until we have full information for our officers to conduct the raid. Unless they have the full information only then we will look at it. But it’s important to highlight that we are gathering information from members of the public.”

The ministry is urging Fijians particularly those living along the coastal areas to adhere to the amended regulations.

Any individual found selling or harvesting beche-de-mers can be fined ten thousand dollars and any company found purchasing or selling beche-de-mers or any other banned fish species can face a penalty of up to twenty thousand dollars.

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