Div­ing gear ban from to­day

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Source: Min­istry of Fish­eries Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Min­istry of Fish­eries will ban all Un­der­wa­ter Breath­ing Ap­pa­ra­tus (UBA’s) and har­vest­ing and ex­port of sea cu­cum­ber (bech-de-mer) from to­day. A ma­jor cause of con­cern is the sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of pre­ma­ture deaths aris­ing from the ex­ten­sive use of UBA’s in the har­vest­ing of sea cu­cum­ber.

Min­is­ter for Fish­eries, Semi Koroilavesau says that a stand has to be made to pro­tect peo­ple’s lives. “Dur­ing my vis­its around the coun­try, I found out from mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ties as well as health of­fi­cials of the var­i­ous cases aris­ing from the use of UBA’s. Some have un­for­tu­nately passed on whilst many are still bed rid­den be­cause of the im­pact of UBA’s,” said Mr Koroilavesau. “Fam­ily mem­bers are of­ten bur­dened with try­ing to pro­vide proper care for those who are paral­ysed and this is some­thing that we se­ri­ously need to look into be­cause peo­ple’s lives are at stake.” “We will also be putting in place a ban on the ex­emp­tions of tur­tles from the 3rd of De­cem­ber till the end of May, 2017 as we are al­ready into their breed­ing sea­son.

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