THE ban on the harvesting and exporting of beche-de-mer will be re-imposed, Thursday.
The reimposition of the ban today means that the harvesting and exportation of beche-de-mer will cease henceforth.
It means fishing in Solomon Islands waters and the possession of, the landing, buying, selling, receiving, possession or export of any species of beche-de-mer is prohibited.
This is in accordance with the prohibition order under section 22(2) and (3)(a)(i) with reference to section (3)(b) of the Fisheries Management Act 2015.
Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), Edward Honiwala confirmed the ban of beche-de-mer will be reimposed as of today.
A year ago, MFMR revoked the ban to allow operators, exporter, fishermen, fisherwomen and the general public to harvest this valuable marine commodity for a period of one year.
MFMR took the action following a cabinet approval to reopen the harvesting of beche-de-mer due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts on the national economy and livelihoods of Solomon Islanders.