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Ten-year Ban On Turtle Harversting Ends In December

New policies by Ministry of Fisheries to protect the endangered species could apply after ban is lifted.   The 10-year moratorium on the sale and harvesting of sea turtles in
31 May 2018 10:00
Ten-year Ban On Turtle Harversting Ends In December
The 10-year moratorium on the sale and harvesting of sea turtles in Fiji will end in December this year. Photo: Namotu Island Fiji

New policies by Ministry of Fisheries to protect the endangered species could apply after ban is lifted.

 

The 10-year moratorium on the sale and harvesting of sea turtles in Fiji will end in December this year, a Government official has confirmed.

However, the director for fisheries, Aisake Batibasaga, said the Government, through their ministry, was now in the process of formulating standard conservation methods for sea turtles so that it could be implemented when the moratorium was lifted.

“We have more strategic policies for protecting these endangered species going into the future. I believe that the new management on sea turtles will allow some level of tradition and cultural harvest,” Mr Batibasaga said.

He said they would get a high discretion that they don’t go against their goals of conserving their resources because by any standard sea turtles are still endangered not only in Fiji, but throughout the region and the world.

“We just want to remind all our community members at this point in time, if we have evidence that someone has harvested or illegally eaten or sold turtles, we will take them to task accordingly,” Mr Batibasaga said.

“The current fisheries regulations still protects sea turtles during their nesting seasons so they will be protected during the summer months from October to April, before the 31st of December this year we will be ready with a new conservation management regulation for sea turtles.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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