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Sea Cucumber exporters in Fiji have been warned to clear any leftover stock they may be keeping within two months from Monday.
Fisheries Minister, Semi Koroilavesau, says this will be a grace period for the exporters as they will be putting a ban on collecting these sea creatures from November.
Koroilavesau says a ban on exporting these sea cucumbers was implemented two months ago, however it was not being followed.
“There is a lot of complaints by exporters that they still have stock in their stores and they need to clear claiming use of funds to buy it from local fishermen .We have allowed them two months and we will ensure that all the beach-de-mer will be cleared -from their storage before we totally stopped exporting beach-de-mer.”
Fiji made seventeen voluntary commitments at the recent Ocean’s Conference.
One of this is stopping the export of Beach-de-mer commonly known as sea cucumbers so that these marine species can re-populate.
Exporters who will not comply with the ban after two months will be fined.
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