14 Feb 2017

I-Kiribati commercial shark fishers face stiff fines

3:25 pm on 14 February 2017

Kiribati Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development has outlined the penalties for breaking the ban on shark fishing for commercial purposes.

The ministry last year announced sharks could only be fished for consumption and not for re-sale.

Under the Fisheries Act 2010 together with the Shark Sanctuary Regulation 2014, severe punishments and fines will be imposed on those who are found breaching these regulations.

A fine of $US6000 or imprisonment for four months will be given to offenders while fishing boats will be fined US$7643 or impounded for six months for the same offence.