Fiji Time: 1:34 PM on Sunday 19 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Archives » Article Index


Mere Naleba
Thursday, November 02, 2017

INDIVIDUALS and companies fishing, exporting or consuming beche-de-mer can face up to $20,000 fine.

Yesterday marked the first day of the implementation of the beche-de-mer ban which forbids the sale and export of beche-de-mer.

Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau said this was part of Government's commitment made during the Oceans Conference held in New York in June this year.

Mr Koroilavesau said the fine would be determined by the court.

"Those caught selling or exporting beche-de-mer will be produced in court. We won't fine them on the spot. It doesn't matter if someone is found with three or more beche-de-mer, they will be taken to court and the fine determined by the court," he said.

He said the ban was initiated two months ago to allow for business houses to clear all stock.

Mr Koroilavesau said this was part of Government's initiative to replenish beche-de-mer stock in villages and local communities.

"Many people think that we're just doing this because we want to do it, that is wrong. We're doing this so that we can re-stock our reefs with fishes and sea creatures for our future generation," he said.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62050.6015
JPY 55.545452.5454
GBP 0.36760.3596
EUR 0.41340.4014
NZD 0.71590.6829
AUD 0.64370.6187
USD 0.48830.4713



Exchange Rate updated on 17th, November, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'God first'
  2. 'We have done it'
  3. Bati stuns Kiwis and will face Kangaroos
  4. Woman's body found in harbour
  5. 'Testament of our defence'
  6. Keeping Fijian spirit alive in cold Germany
  7. FLP's poll promise
  8. 20 countries form clean energy alliance
  9. Special award
  10. Value our singers

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fiji places second for Miss World 2017 talent Wednesday (15 Nov)
  2. COP23: France invite for Timoci Friday (17 Nov)
  3. Students holiday fares clarified Tuesday (14 Nov)
  4. Where there's a will... Thursday (16 Nov)
  5. Stunningly impressive Tuesday (14 Nov)
  6. Bati-mania Tuesday (14 Nov)
  7. Tighten defence Wednesday (15 Nov)
  8. Arnold pays Fiji a visit Monday (13 Nov)
  9. Timoci opens COP23 Thursday (16 Nov)
  10. Walker brothers' radar focuses on Fiji Bati kingpin Friday (17 Nov)