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Minister, exporters explore options

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau will meet coral exporters next week to discuss the ban that has been enforced.

Mr Koroilavesau said three major companies involved with this export contacted his office for a meeting.

Options of planting their own coral, Mr Koroilavesau said, would also be discussed.

"The companies and exporters have already contacted our office and want to discuss this issue because they are now aware of the ban," he said.

"We have been going through consultations and will discuss with the companies their concerns and issues.

"But we will also look at having these companies starting their own coral farms so they can export the coral from their own farms."

Mr Koroilavesau said this option would be closely monitored by his team.

"We will set alternatives for these companies, but if they do their own coral planting and harvest it then they can export it," he said.

"So this ban will ensure our coral system is protected always."

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