29 May 2013

Solomons firm on new beche-de-mer harvest ban

3:17 pm on 29 May 2013

The Solomon Islands government has reconfirmed that the ban on beche-de-mer harvesting will be re-imposed at the end of this month.

The minister of fisheries and marine resources, Alfred Ghiro, says any harvesting after May the 31st will be illegal.

A ban, which had been in place for several years over concerns the resource was being over-exploited, was lifted at the beginning of March to allow a three-month harvest.

Mr Ghiro says there have been numerous requests to extend that three-month window but he says the original decision stands.