The Solomon Islands police and the City Council says that the Wednesday's operation to stop the trade of salt fish at the Honiara main-market was not a failure as stated in the media.

They were responding to questions raised by SIBC News yesterday in relation to Solomon Star's reports indicating a failed operation carried out by the police, the Honiara City Council and Customs Exercise Division.

The operation on Wednesday was intended to stop the trade of salt fish in the Honiara main market but the salt-fish vendors were reluctant to let the officers remove their fish.

The law-enforcers at the end took off leaving the matter at peace with not much achieved after talking to the vendors.

However, the Honiara City Council Chief Health Inspector Tom Nanau and Police Commander, John Lee Kanabaea say the operation was not a failure.

They say the bodies concerned will continue to counter salt-fish selling which according to the council's by-law should not be sold at the market because they are un-healthy for human consumption.

Some vendors told SIBC News yesterday that selling the salt-fish is their way to earn a living.