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Standard crab size confirmed by Fisheries-Raicebe

May 13, 2019 4:25 pm

The standard size of crab that can be harvested or sold is five inches as stipulated under the Fisheries Act

Fisheries Officer, Meli Raicebe confirms that anyone selling crab less than five inches will be warned and if they re-offend, there is a possible penalty of three months’ imprisonment or a fine of $500.

This comes after the confiscation of more than two hundred undersize crabs in within the Suva – Nausori corridor over the weekend.

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“So these would all depend on the court system but the legislation is currently under review to allow us to actually impose fixed penalty fines for those that we’ve come across when we conduct enforcement activities as such.”

Meanwhile, Raicebe says the operation is not an easy one since each species has to be studied independently.

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