15 May 2013

Solomons Fisheries unsure when beche-de-mer exports will continue

10:45 am on 15 May 2013

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Fisheries in Solomon Islands says it is unclear when the export of beche-de-mer will reopen after it closes at the end of this month.

The ban on the marine species was lifted in March this year following various requests from the public.

Much speculation has risen about the decision to lift the ban due for closure at the end of this month.

But Dr Chris Ramofafia told SIBC News, the decision to lift the ban this year was based on scientific research and advice, and how the population of the marine species has grown.

Dr Chris says Cabinet was also involved in the decision.

He says the Ministry is concerned only at the management of the marine species but a timeframe for future exports is not clear.

SIBC news understands that certain rural communities are requesting an extension of the harvest and export period.