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A foreign logging ship from China has been fined K50, 000.00 by the National Fisheries Authority in Port Moresby. The captain of the log ship was detained and charged under the Fisheries Management Act 1998, for violating the Beche-de-mer (BDM) fishery management three year closure.  The prohibition notice published under National Gazette No G53 of 24th February 2011, prohibiting all activities including harvesting, buying, sale receiving and possessing of Beche-de-mer or sea cucumber Fisheries.  

On Monday 18th June 2012, PNG Customs Officials boarded the vessel for an outward clearance to sail the logging boat and found six bags of dried sea cucumber or BDM products weighing about 7.9 kg.  Customs officials alerted NFA Enforcement who then detained the log boat for further investigation. The captain of the vessel admitted having in possession the BDM products and was charged and agreed to pay K50, 000.00 as penalty through the company shipping agent.

John Kasu Acting Managing Director of National Fisheries Authority commended his enforcement team for taking a swift action through collaborative work with Customs and encouraged a formalized arrangement to combat these ongoing illegal activities across all the coastal boarders.  Mr Kasu  said, the fine imposed should send a message out to foreigners that PNG government through the National Fisheries Authority is  serious about the closure of   sea cucumber fishery as there were clear signs of the fishery being over exploited and therefore the  moratorium was necessary to allow the fishery to recover. Mr Kasu said the quantity may seem small but had significant impact on the recovery on this fishery and it shows people do not respect our sovereignty and can come in and remove or take anything out of this country, 

“It is a sad state of affair when locals are prevented from accessing the resource during the closure period and seeing foreigners easily coming in and walking away with our resources that are supposed to sustain the livelihood of our people”, Mr Kasu said. He further warned that any logging ships or associated vessels and or persons caught involved in harvesting or in possession of restricted fisheries activities will be fully dealt with according to law and the vessels involved and all cargos and other items onboard will be forfeited to the state. He added that NFA is expanding its cooperation with other line enforcement agencies to collaboratively combat illegal activities in every level in all fisheries sector.

A foreign logging ship from China has been fined K50, 000.00 by the National Fisheries Authority in Port Moresby. The captain of the log ship was detained and charged under the Fisheries Management Act 1998, for violating the Beche-de-mer (BDM) fishery management three year closure.  The prohibition notice published under National Gazette No G53 of 24th February 2011, prohibiting all activities including harvesting, buying, sale receiving and possessing of Beche-de-mer or sea cucumber Fisheries.  

On Monday 18th June 2012, PNG Customs Officials boarded the vessel for an outward clearance to sail the logging boat and found six bags of dried sea cucumber or BDM products weighing about 7.9 kg.  Customs officials alerted NFA Enforcement who then detained the log boat for further investigation. The captain of the vessel admitted having in possession the BDM products and was charged and agreed to pay K50, 000.00 as penalty through the company shipping agent.

John Kasu Acting Managing Director of National Fisheries Authority commended his enforcement team for taking a swift action through collaborative work with Customs and encouraged a formalized arrangement to combat these ongoing illegal activities across all the coastal boarders.  Mr Kasu  said, the fine imposed should send a message out to foreigners that PNG government through the National Fisheries Authority is  serious about the closure of   sea cucumber fishery as there were clear signs of the fishery being over exploited and therefore the  moratorium was necessary to allow the fishery to recover. Mr Kasu said the quantity may seem small but had significant impact on the recovery on this fishery and it shows people do not respect our sovereignty and can come in and remove or take anything out of this country, 

“It is a sad state of affair when locals are prevented from accessing the resource during the closure period and seeing foreigners easily coming in and walking away with our resources that are supposed to sustain the livelihood of our people”, Mr Kasu said. He further warned that any logging ships or associated vessels and or persons caught involved in harvesting or in possession of restricted fisheries activities will be fully dealt with according to law and the vessels involved and all cargos and other items onboard will be forfeited to the state. He added that NFA is expanding its cooperation with other line enforcement agencies to collaboratively combat illegal activities in every level in all fisheries sector.

  
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