Sea Turtle Fishery Opens

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Resources and Co-operatives informs the general public that the Sea Turtle Fishery opens on Friday, October 01 to Friday, December 31, 2021 both days inclusive. All harvesting and sale of sea turtle meat must cease at midnight on December 31, 2021.

Fishers and the general public are hereby urged to observe and comply with all regulations stipulated under Section 33 of the Fisheries Act Cap 7.15.  Contravention of these conditions shall result in a maximum fine of Five Thousand Dollars (EC$5000).

Further, the Department urges the co-operation of the public to report anyone found contravening the regulations to the Marine Police, District Police Stations, Praedial Larceny Unit or Fisheries Department.  The Department of Fisheries will also conduct monitoring activities island-wide to obtain information on sea turtles captured during the period and will be working along with the Police and other enforcement agencies to ensure that all conditions are adhered to.

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