The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources is aware that illegal harvesting of beche-de-mer is taking place in some parts of the country and warns offenders they face prosecution if caught.
MFMR director Mr Edward Honiwala confirms his office has received reports of people harvesting beche-de-mer illegally and urges them to stop immediately.
“We have information about people illegally harvesting beche-de-mer fisheries and this must stop immediately,” he said.
Mr Honiwala points out that his ministry does not have any plans to open beche-de-mer fisheries because of the decline in its stock and warn people to refrain from harvesting it.
The ban on beche-de-mer harvest came into force May last year after it was opened in 2014.