BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
THE MV Gizo NO 1 ship is being detained at Taro wharf by the Choiseul provincial government for illegal beach trading around Choiseul province.
The incident occurred at Vurango Village in North Choiseul on Monday afternoon.
John Matapaza, the Minister of Lauru Affairs, when contacted yesterday, said the MV Gizo including three Asian nationals believed to be from China with few Solomon Islanders employed as captain, engineers and ship’s crew has been detained at Taro, Choiseul province’s capital, after community and business owners at Vurango reported that the ship was doing beach trading at their village at low prices.
“Provincial officer was sent to vurango and escorted the ship back to Taro detained the ship for further investigation at Taro.
“The authority met and enforced his penalty for violating the business ordinance for illegal trading in to Choiseul Province without a valid beach trading business license,” said Matapaza.
Meanwhile, members of public have lauded their provincial government for the tough stand against such illegal practices.