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Suspension on humphead Maori wrasse to end

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A MORATORIUM which was placed over the endangered humphead Maori wrasse, commonly known locally as the varivoce will come to an end in December putting the fish in direct harm, with no legal protections.

The moratorium was enacted some 10 years ago which disallowed its commercial exploitation.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Fiji's Dr Stacy Jupiter said Fiji should put in place another moratorium and it should also include a ban on on subsistence use.

"They can eat other fish and they do. However, people tend to want to catch big fish, particularly if they are having a function or if they have a big family, because it's less work to then feed more people," she said.

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