10 Jun 2015

Solomons lays out plans to protect its oceans

4:21 pm on 10 June 2015

The Solomon Islands government has reaffirmed its commitment to better protect and manage the country's oceans and marine life.

The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told a one-day Ocean Summit in Honiara that the country needed to control the damage done to marine and coastal habitats through development, pollution, logging and the use of destructive fishing techniques such as bottom trawling and the use of dynamite.

Organised by the Prime Minister's Office, the summit brought together government ministers, permanent secretaries and officials.

The outcome of the summit is being translated into a plan, which will form part of the government's 20-year National Development Plan.

Logging operations in Solomon Islands

Logging operations in Solomon Islands Photo: Supplied