The Ministry of Fisheries has banned all harvesting, local sales, and export of Kawakawa and Donu from last Friday, June 1st to September 30th of this year.
This is to allow for spawning and thus annual recruitment of those two fish during this breeding season.
All fisherman, divers, middleman and exporters will need to adhere to this ban.
Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau says that a stand has to be made to stop the rapid decline and continued over fishing of these two highly targeted reef fish.
The Kawakawa take up to 7 years to complete their life cycle.
The Donu is relatively short lived meaning they complete their life cycle within 1-2 years, and they will still be releasing eggs after October and into the summer months.
Penalties for infringements or breaching of this Kawakawa and Donu annual seasonal ban are being put in place, and would be enforced by the ministry.