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Limits Placed On Sea Food Trade Lead To Strong Reaction: Singh

Response has come from people who depend on beche-de-mer for their economic development.   National Federation Party MP Prem Singh believes the unilateral approach to set hard limits on Fiji’s
17 Mar 2018 10:00
Limits Placed On Sea Food Trade Lead To Strong Reaction: Singh
National Federation Party MP Prem Singh (right).

Response has come from people who depend on beche-de-mer for their economic development.

 

National Federation Party MP Prem Singh believes the unilateral approach to set hard limits on Fiji’s beche-de-mer trade was throwing up strong reactions from beache-de-mer traders.

Speaking in response to Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau’s statement in Parliament yesterday Mr Singh said the strong reactions have come from people who depended on beache-de-mer for their economic development and for the livelihood of taders.

“Our national beche-de-mer fishery is at risk of overfishing and what is lost on most of the debates is the most important functions of beche-de-mer on our marine ecosystem,” Mr Singh said.

The MP said he sympathasised with the Minister for Fisheries who waded through the issues of bech-de-mer.

However, Mr Singh said the minister, had pointed out in Parliament that the government would expect $94.3m from the Environment Levy.

Mr Singh said a certain percentage from the funds collected from the Environmental Levy could be directed towards the ministry to directly compensate those losing out from the hard limits imposed on the beche-de-mer fishery.

Mr Singh said there could be a more positive approach to incentivising a transitioned reduction which maybe a win-win all around.

“Because the ECAL, which is for Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy, is inclusive in our marine ecosystem which is necessary to buffer against climate change, if it is maintained and preserved in a pristine state,” he said..

Edited by Percy Kean

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