Ministry clarifies allegations raised in the media

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The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources wishes to clarify that issues raised by certain individuals in the local newspapers in recent weeks appear to be designed to tarnish the good image of the ministry.

In a statement issued by the MFMR said the letter which Dr Reginald Aipia gave to the media, which was claimed to have been written by the Director of Fisheries, was in fact written by an officer in the Ministry without the knowledge or consent of the Director.

“What transpired is a clear breach of Public Service protocol and since that time the Ministry of Fisheries has been working closely with Public Service Commission to pursue disciplinary action of the officer involved,” the statement said.

The Ministry of Fisheries would also like to clarify that, as reported in the media in February 2017 the research programme involving sea cucumber at its hatchery and in Marau Sound have in fact been funded by the Japanese Government through the Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation of Japan (OFCF) and not tax payers dollars as claimed by the Solomon Star reporter John Aatai in his article.

Note: For further information on OFCF’s assistance to the Ministry of Fisheries please visit the MFMR Website: www.fisheries.gov.sb

By Francis Pituvaka, MFMR Communications Officer