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State mulls over shark fin Bill, says Naupoto

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, November 25, 2011

PLANS to have a Bill which would ban the practice of shark finning in Fiji waters have been delayed after issues were raised in the fisheries sector.

Permanent secretary for Fisheries and Forests Commander Viliame Naupoto confirmed that Cabinet would seek further consultations before a Bill could be tabled.

"We will be convening a meeting of stakeholders in the fisheries sector to iron out some of the issues with the Bill before we head back to Cabinet," said Cdr Naupoto.

"The timeframe for the Bill to be implemented will now depend on the time it takes for Cabinet to approve the submissions."

Cdr Naupoto said a date had yet to be set for consultations with the fisheries sector.

He said earlier the Bill would be similar to that which empowers the current ban regarding turtles.

The Bill, if implemented, will not only ban the trade in shark's fins in Fiji, but shark meat in general.

Guam and the Northern Mariana islands are Pacific states which already have bans on the practice of shark finning and sale of sharks' fins.


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