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Fiji-based companies investigated for illegal gravel extraction

Friday, February 09, 2018

Update: 5:40PM A NUMBER of companies are being investigated for illegally extracting gravel from rivers in Fiji.

These activities raise concerns on the implications it will have on our river systems nationwide.

A Government statement issued yesterday confirmed SSS Investment was spotted illegally extracting gravel from the Mosi River in Nadi without a license.

"There have been many reports of illegal extractions with a recent complaint leading to the confiscation of equipment of HRF Investment on January 4, 2018," the statement said.

"Further investigations on the issue will be conducted with the inclusion of all relevant stakeholders."

The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources through its monitoring by the environment division have continued to raise public awareness on river resources ownership and its sustainable management to ensure that benefits reached the resource owners within the legal process.

For any illegal river gravel extraction activities, members of the public are advised to report the matter to the acting Director Lands on email or telephone contact 3313555.

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