THE spawning season for sea turtles remain the same while their egg-laying period may differ in different locations around the country.
Responding to a few coastal villagers' concern in the North on the issue, principal fisheries officer North Jovesa Naceva said this should not in any way conflict the ban already imposed on harvesting sea turtles.
Mr Naceva said sea turtles' spawning period in Fiji started from September 1 to March 31.
"Climate change has somewhat had an effect on the egg-laying periods of our sea turtles and some of them may lay eggs earlier before the spawning period or later on after the spawning period," he said.
"However, this does not change the fact that people intending to kill or catch sea turtles cannot do so because it is illegal.
"All approvals must come from the permanent secretary for fisheries."
Mr Naceva has warned those thinking of taking advantage of the difference in turtle spawning and egg-laying periods to be wary.
"Those caught harvesting or killing sea turtles without proper approval will be fined $500 or three months imprisonment.
"On the other hand, those found exporting or selling any parts of sea turtles that are caught during the spawning period will be charged $2000 or five years imprisonment.
"We want to clarify at this stage that the slaughter of sea turtles has to be approved by government and any more processes reached to achieve this are illegal."