Dear Editor – I’ve read many articles about Dr Reginald Aipia’s beche-de-mer saga.
But the report on his recent arrest for farming Bechdemer on his remote Lord Howe Island seems to be on a jealousy basis.
The beche-de-mer on Lord Howe Islands belongs to the indigenous people there and not belong to the Director or PS of fisheries or even the Attorney General.
So it’s surprising to see Dr Aipia arrested for farming beche-de-mer on his own Island of Lord Howe.
Attorney General, Director and Permanent Secretary of fisheries, do not try to create or regulate laws to suppress resource owners.