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Tabua Traders Need Licence, Says Chand

  Proper licensing is required before people can trade tabua (whales tooth) on social media, says the Department of Environment. The department’s national co-ordinator Rahul Chand said it would protect
30 Jun 2016 12:05
Tabua Traders Need Licence, Says Chand
students of Vatuwaqa Primary School at the National World Environment Day at Civic Center yesterday. Photo: Christine NIkola

 

Proper licensing is required before people can trade tabua (whales tooth) on social media, says the Department of Environment.

The department’s national co-ordinator Rahul Chand said it would protect wildlife and people who trade in it.

This followed reports of people advertising tabua on Facebook and detailing their price and location for the exchange.

Mr Chand said: “People need to understand that proper licensing is required when advertising such commodities on social media for money.”

He raised the issue during the National World Environment Day Workshop at Civic Centre in Suva yesterday.

He said all levels of society should be aware of laws that guided the use of natural resources.

“We want to make sure that the circulation of tabua is well maintained, people are not killing whales illegally for financial gain,” he said.

“We are collaborating with the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs in ensuring that permits and proper documentation are carried out.”

He said people on social media might buy fake tabua. With the presence of permits, people could find out what they were buying was genuine, he said.

Mr Chand said there were two cases recently and the department would continue monitoring.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback: shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj

 

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