The Government of Fiji says a ban on the harvesting of sea turtles will continue this year.
A 10 year moratorium on the harvesting and sale of turtles expired at the beginning of the year but the Government said it will continue to prohibit the sale, possession and transportation of the turtles.
There are at least five turtle species in Fiji that are listed internationally as vulnerable.
These include the Leatherback (Vonu Tutuwalu), the Green Sea Turtle (Vonu Dina) and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Tuvonu).
Fines for individuals caught breaking the ban start at more than eight thousand fijian dollars and can be as much as fourty eight thousand fijian dollars.
Corporations found breaking the moratorium can face a maximum fine of more than one hundred and forty four thousand Fijian dollars.