9 May 2017

Fiji to ban export of beche-de-mer this month

From , 5:03 am on 9 May 2017

Fisheries authorities in Fiji say they are seeking to impose a seasonal ban on beche-de-mer exports by the end of the month because the resource is on the verge of being wiped out.

Beche-de-mer or sea cucumber is considered a delicacy in China and top varieties can sell for more than $US2000 dollars a kilo.

Fiji's new minister of Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau told Koroi Hawkins he has already banned the use of scuba-diving gear for harvesting beche-de-mer but it has done little to slow exports.


Beche-de-mer Photo: Flickr/ John Turnbull