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9 Companies Get Sea Cucumbers Trade Licence

Sea cucumbers will be harvested over the next two months, after the Government lifted a five year ban.
08 Jul 2022 13:00
9 Companies Get Sea Cucumbers Trade Licence
Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Trade, Shaheen Ali, with Permanent Secretary for Fisheries, Pene Nonu, in discussions over the commencement of harvest and trade of beche-de-mer.

Sea cucumbers will be harvested over the next two months, after the Government lifted a five year ban.

But trading of the commodity will stretch on until the end of October, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Trade, Shaheen Ali, said.

And while prices are not regulated, some common ground over the matter is expected to be established among traders, he said.

Nine of the 29 companies that indicated interest in purchasing and exporting the commodity, were endorsed as traders.

The licence expires in three months, commencing from the date the company is notified, to the end of October, 2022.

 

The Companies Are:

  • Amigo Trading Pte Ltd;
  • Cukumotu Ba Investment Pte Ltd; n
  • Matarisiga Investment/Yaloyalo Production;
  •  Flysha Fiji Ltd;
  •  Jacks Farm Pte Ltd;
  • Best Seafood Ltd;
  • Gold Hold Pte Limited and Great North Seafood Pte Ltd;
  • Pacific Heart Noni Biotechnology Pte Ltd; and
  •  Nadi Mariculture Pte Ltd.

 

“They own Fijian passports,” Mr Ali said, over the ownership of the nine companies.

Mr Ali is the chairman of the Licensing Committee on Beche-de- mer.

A list of approved species, scientific names, approved sizes, and approved landing sites in all the four divisions, have been distributed to the nine companies, he said.

Resource owners are the only authorised parties to harvest the commodity.

 

Sixty sites have been identified for harvest, leaving no excuse about where the sea cucumbers can be found, Mr Ali said.

The ban, to allow populations to recover, was lifted because of a new approach to support Fijian communities that relied on beche-de-mer as a source of income, Mr Ali said.

“The committee assessed applications against two broad criteria — good standing and statutory compliance, and sustainable industry development, the latter a stronger indicator,” he said.

 

“A fundamental consideration was ensuring commercial benefits to resource owners and communities.”

“That’s why we set conditions, such as the species of beche-de-mer to be bought only from licensed resource owners, and landing sites approved by the Ministry of Fisheries.”

 

NOTE;

  • White teat fish and black teat fishes are not permitted for trade;
  • All species of beche-de- mer must be bought from legal and licensed resource owners, and from landing sites approved by the Ministry of Fisheries;
  • Data reporting is mandatory to capture data and information on the value
    of the fishery during the stipulated period. Reporting must be done on a weekly basis.

Photo identification of buyers will be disseminated in communities, as they too are aware of the approved buyers and companies, Mr Ali said.

 

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