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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (The Independent, Dec. 3) – The government (and/or China National Fisheries Corporation) continues with the construction of the Mele Bay fishery in spite of major opposition to the project and two cases before the court to block the environmentally unacceptable project.

[PIR editor’s note: According to a Website operated by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, China National Fisheries Corporation is the largest fishing corporation in China. Based in Beijing, it under the authority of the China Fishery Bureau. ]

The Environment Act requires every development project to undergo a full Environmental Impact Assessment before starting. Government exempted the project.

Environmental consultants say preliminary assessment does not comply, even if management plans, as intended by government, are to be developed to manage and monitor aspects of the project.

Without the Environmental Impact Assessment there is nothing to be monitored or managed.

The environmental charity, RAPT, this week obtained the professional advice of marine and conservation experts.

RAPT believes a disaster is in the making and will be urging the court to treat its application as a matter of great urgency this week.

There is also the case of the dispossessed landowners who claim to have valid, over-riding possession of the custom ownership to the land in the title issued to the fishery management company.

Vanuatu News

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