Honiara, 9th January 2024 – In a public notice issued today, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources reiterated the ongoing prohibition on the harvesting, possession, landing, receiving, buying, selling, or export of any species of Beche-de-mer (BDM). The ban, which has been in effect since 1st September 2022, was published in the Gazette of Prohibited Activities (Fishing and Possession of Beche-de-mer) Order 2021.
The directive applies to all stakeholders, including company holders of Beche-de-mer licenses, buyers, and exporters of Beche-de-mer, as well as local communities, fishermen, fisherwomen, and the general public.
According to the Ministry’s notice, Compliance Officers from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, in collaboration with the Royal Solomon Islands Police, will be conducting thorough inspections. These inspections will cover all vessels upon arrival at Honiara Port, as well as premises, storages, warehouses, containers, and dwelling houses to identify any suspicions of Beche-de-mer-related activities.
Individuals are reminded to comply with any instructions given by Compliance Officers or the Police during the inspection process. Any person found in possession of Beche-de-mer or Beche-de-mer products will be subject to prosecution in accordance with the fisheries laws of the Solomon Islands.
The announcement, signed by Edward Honiwala, Director of Fisheries at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, serves as a stern warning to deter illegal activities related to Beche-de-mer, a valuable marine resource that plays a crucial role in the ecosystem.
The Solomon Islands Government is committed to the sustainable management of its marine resources, and the ban on Beche-de-mer aims to protect the species from over-exploitation, ensuring its long-term survival in the region.
For more information or inquiries, individuals are advised to contact the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources at the provided contact details.