14 February, 2018, 12:00 am
Can I ask the authorities if the sea cucumbers are still banned for export by the Ministry of Fisheries?
If so, what provisions are given to the Yasawa and other fishermen whose livelihood depend on sea cucumbers?
Has there been other smaller scale venture set by the ministry to supplement revenue for these fishermen?
I believe removing sources of income without progressive transitions always causes confusion and chaos.
Probably co-partnership with villagers on the island and village advisers with relevant expertise could result in solutions to this situation.