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Minister Explains Events Allowed For Turtle Harvesting

Minister for Fisheries Semi Ko­roilavesau reminded villagers that the harvesting of turtles for consumption is only permitted dur­ing traditional events like the installa­tion of a chief or the chief’s death.
23 May 2018 11:00
Minister Explains Events Allowed For Turtle Harvesting
Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau (middle) with villagers of Viwa in Yasawa on May 22, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Minister for Fisheries Semi Ko­roilavesau reminded villagers that the harvesting of turtles for consumption is only permitted dur­ing traditional events like the installa­tion of a chief or the chief’s death.

He made this statement after questions were raised in Naibalebale Village in Ya­sawa on the harvesting of the delicacy.

“It is strictly prohibited for daily con­sumption or even in events like wed­dings or any sort of village meetings,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“You will need to submit your requests and the reasons to the Fisheries minis­try and from there we will see if your requests are genuine, he said.

Mr Koroilavesau said that after the pro­cesses were done then a certificate would be given to the villagers which states the number of turtles that can be harvested.

“We will not allow any harvesting of fe­male turtles during its breeding season that is from September to December,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“Our officers will be sent to your villag­es to see that the number of sea turtles harvested is in accordance with what is in the certificate.”

Mr Koroilavesau added that in some places around Fiji, especially in Vanua Levu, there was mass harvesting of sea turtles.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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