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A total of one hundred and fifty delegates are expected to arrive in Honiara by this weekend for the 15th Senior Officials meeting co-hosted by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and Ministry of Environment.

Fisheries Minister Hon Nestor Ghiro who is on his first official visit overseas has had a fruitful discussion with the Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation (OFCF) of Japan over the weekend.

Dr Christian Ramofafia has been re-appointed as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. His appointment was formalised last week when he was sworn in at the government House.

Inshore Fisheries Division staff of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources will soon be carrying out stock status surveys in selected sites around the country to ascertain the population of certain key commercial marine species with the view to encourage local people to go into exporting of these marine resources.

Maritime Police in Honiara have burnt the last of the three Vietnamese blue boats arrested last year at the Indispensable reef off Rennell and Bellona Province for illegally harvesting sea cucumber.

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