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Call for stringent measures

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, September 22, 2017

FISHERIES stakeholders have called for stringent measures on the sale of sea cucumbers instead of a total ban.

The Ministry of Fisheries has banned the sale of sea cucumbers locally and internationally to assess the population of sea cucumbers in Fiji waters.

Major exporter Richard Du, who owns Gold Hold Ltd, has asked the ministry to reconsider the ban.

"They should allow the sale of sea cucumbers, but have controlled measures like a quota system in which each village can only sell a certain amount in a month," he said.

"The ministry should also allow only certain sizes of sea cucumbers that local communities can collect and sell to buyers.

"We respect the ban, but they should have some control over the sale of sea cucumbers because people depend on it for income."

Mr Du said the ministry should also work closely with the stakeholders.

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