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Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

BUSINESS has slowed down for beche-de-mer traders in the North following the ban on the sale of the marine animals.

Beche-de-mer major exporter in the North and Gold Hold Ltd's owner Richard Du said they were not getting revenue as in the past when the ban had not been implemented.

Mr Du said businesses were getting far more less than what they used to make in the past.

"I need to clarify that our businesses has not stopped, but what has been stopped is any buying and selling of the sea cucumber," he said.

"We are still in talks with the Minister for Fisheries on working on a quota system where we collect beche-de-mer only in qoutas.

"At the moment we are awaiting the return of the minister who is away overseas.

"However we would like to revive the trade of beche-de-mer because it is a big source of income for us."

Mr Du said not only was the beche-de-mer a source of income for them it also provided employment for locals.

Meanwhile, the ban was implemented by the Ministry of Fisheries to revitalise stocks of sea cucumbers in Fiji's waters.

Earlier Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau said in 2015, the ministry recorded $35 million to $40m earnings from beche-de-mer exports.

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