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Fisheries Ministry Frustrated With People Who Continue To Break Ban

Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Mr Craig Strong says that it is very disappointing to see that there are still those who continue to offend and at such a level of severity.
27 Jul 2019 16:38
Fisheries Ministry Frustrated With People Who Continue To Break Ban

More banned species of Grouper (Kawakawa) and Coral Trout (Donu) were confiscated yesterday afternoon from the MV Brianna which had also returned from the Lau group.

Around 260 kilograms of Kawakawa and Donu was confiscated from the vessel when it berthed at Port Mua-i-Walu in Suva.

Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Mr Craig Strong says that it is very disappointing to see that there are still those who continue to offend and at such a level of severity.

“Its an extremely selfish act. It needs to be understood that these species are under severe threat. We are trying to ensure the sustainability of these species and we will continue to enforce the ban and impose the maximum penalties available to ensure the sustainability of our fishery,” said Mr Strong.

Now into it’s second year, the seasonal ban is aimed at allowing the two species to spawn and breed from June to September every year.

During the spawning months, they are most vulnerable and the ministry seeks the support of everyone during the ban period.

Authorised fisheries officials have been carrying out their work with integrity and continue to ensure that all processes are carried out with the highest level of professionalism.

All passenger ferries traveling into the main island will be thoroughly checked and those found to be in breach of the seasonal ban will face the consequences.

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