Fiji Time: 4:03 PM on Wednesday 14 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Hefty fine for offence

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, May 29, 2014

THE Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has issued a reminder that a hefty fine will be imposed on those caught transporting, breeding or smuggling American iguanas out of Taveuni.

The reminder follows the discovery of a male American iguana on the seashore at Tawake Village in northern Cakaudrove early this week.

While BAF is yet to disclose the number of people penalised so far for this offence, authority executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said they were working on containing such species on Taveuni.

"BAF would like to inform the general public that the Biosecurity Emergency Declaration on American iguanas is still valid," he said.

"Anybody found moving, transporting or breeding the American iguanas at any stage from Qamea, Taveuni, Matagi and Laucala to any other parts of Fiji or between these islands can be fined. This includes the transportation of eggs, juvenile or adult iguanas.

"The penalty for an individual is $40,000 and $200,000 for a corporate body."

On the iguana discovery in Tawake Village, Mr Khan said investigations had started to ascertain how the reptile got there.

"It's very unlikely for the iguana to swim such a distance."

The reptile was seen on the beach by a villager on Monday.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62080.6018
JPY 57.887054.8870
GBP 0.31060.3026
EUR 0.42030.4083
NZD 0.71690.6839
AUD 0.65170.6267
USD 0.47950.4625



Exchange Rate updated on 14th October 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Rape, porn case
  2. Science flop
  3. Visa-free entry talks
  4. $13m bridge brings relief to farming community
  5. Marriage celebrants receive certificate
  6. Former journo awaits call
  7. Call to support Konrote
  8. Miss Levuka ready
  9. $3.7m dividends
  10. $61k classrooms for school

Top Stories this Week

  1. Death classified as unnatural Thursday (08 Oct)
  2. President-elect receives mixed reaction Tuesday (13 Oct)
  3. Who is Jioje Konrote Tuesday (13 Oct)
  4. Head of State Tuesday (13 Oct)
  5. 'Konrote will need to resign from Party' Monday (12 Oct)
  6. Ganilau a nominee Thursday (08 Oct)
  7. Man jailed 14 years for raping brother's stepdaughter Friday (09 Oct)
  8. Konrote is Fiji's next President Monday (12 Oct)
  9. Man faces rape, porn charges Tuesday (13 Oct)
  10. McKee's with Fiji Thursday (08 Oct)