New Zealand Helps Niue Stop Coconut Crab Exports

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Severely endangered species still a popular delicacy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 23, 2015) – Niue's principal fisheries officer will today see first hand how New Zealand Bio-Security is helping to enforce a ban on taking coconut crab or uga from the island.

Uga exporting is banned in Niue because numbers on the island have been deemed critically low.

Up to 10,000 uga are thought to have been removed from Niue last year, prompting the ban on the delicacy's export.

The manager of compliance operations for New Zealand's Ministry of Primiary Industries, Gary Orr, says new inspections at the New Zealand border will support work being done at the Niue border to save the uga population from further decline.

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