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Law for Kawakawa

Friday, September 08, 2017

Update: 1:14PM FISHING, selling or buying grouper fish during its spawning month will soon be illegal.

Fisheries minister Semi Koroilavesau announced this morning that as soon as June to September 2018, regulations to make the fishing, selling and purchase of grouper fish such as Donu and Kawakawa will be in force.

Mr Koroilavesau made the announcement as part of four initiatives to translate into action the government's 17 commitments made in New York in June at the United Nations at The Ocean Conference.

According to the minister, the government had worked in the past three months to consolidate its efforts to make good of its "promises" and he confirmed receiving the approval of the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to go ahead on four initiatives.

The other three initiatives include the immediate ban on the harvest, sale and export of Bech De Mer although there is a two month grace period for stocks already harvest prior to the recent ban.

Government will also soon introduce a band on long line fishing within 10 nautical miles off the barrier reefs. This may increase following period review of the new regulation, the minister said.

The final "sustainability  initiatives" announced today is increased enforcement of the ban on undersized fish harvest and sale.

The fisheries ministry will use the next few months to implement and generate public awareness on the initiatives.

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