Ministry continues to monitor undersized fish and crabs

All the confiscated commodities were properly documented and crabs were released back into the sea. Picture: SUPPLIED

OFFICERS from the Ministry of Fisheries in the Central, Northern and Western Divisions carried out monitoring as well as confiscation of fish and crabs that were undersized or banned over the weekend.

The ministry will continue to monitor all sea cucumber species as well as undersized fish and crabs that are being sold at municipal markets, fish outlets and roadside stalls.

A total of 29 undersized crabs were confiscated in the West while 50 undersized crabs were confiscated in the Central Division.

The ministry also confiscated a total of 449 sea cucumbers during the operation.

Fishermen, middlemen and vendors are once again reminded of the ban that is still in place for sea cucumbers.

All the confiscated commodities were properly documented and crabs were released back into the sea.

The ministry will continue to work closely with the Fiji Police during their operations.

Meanwhile, awareness and reminders was also carried out over the weekend to fishermen and vendors on the upcoming Grouper (Kawakawa) and Coral Trout (Donu) seasonal ban which starts this Saturday, 1st June.

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