Kawakawa, donu ban begins

Pregnant Kaakawa fish sold in markets across the country. Those found selling and fishing Kawakawa and Donu from now until September will be penalised. Picture FILE

THE ban on kawakawa and donu fish species begins today which includes the selling, exporting or harvesting of these two fish species.

The ban, which is endorsed and enforced by the Ministry of Fisheries, will end in September.

A statement issued by the cChange oraganisation (formerly known as SeaWeb Pacific) stated that the legal ban on the fish species is during its peak spawning season which is from June to September.

“Anyone caught not complying with the ministry’s regulations is committing an offence and could face steep penalties,” cChange said.

“According to the Ministry of Fisheries close to 80 per cent of Fiji’s known kawakawa and donu breeding sites are either declining or have died out.”