The general public is being reminded of the ‘Ban’ – on the harvest, sale, possession and transport of sea turtles, their eggs, or any part of the product of sea turtles.
This is under Regulation 5 of the Offshore Fisheries Management Regulations 2014.
The Ministry of Fisheries wishes to remind the public, that penalties for any breach of the ban – will result in instant fines, with the potential of up to $50,000 for individuals, and $100,000 for business entities.
The specific ban applies to the killing, taking, landing, selling or offering or exposing for sale, dealing in, transporting, receiving or possessing any sea turtle species.
These include the Leather back sea turtle, Green sea turtle, Loggerhead sea turtle, Hawks bill sea turtle, and the Olive Ridley sea turtle.
The ministry will be coming down hard on those caught – not adhering to the ban in place.