Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operativesDepartment of Fisheries
The Department of Fisheries informs that the Lobster Fishery will be CLOSED from March 01, 2017 until August 01, 2017, both days inclusive. When the Lobster Fishery is closed it is illegal for anyone to have lobsters in their possession.
According to the Fisheries Act Cap 7.15, Section 32, (2d) of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia 2001 "a person shall not, fish for, remove from the fishery waters, give, or at any time have in his or her possession, expose for sale, sell or purchase any lobster."
The laws protecting lobsters are key tools in ensuring that lobsters can continue to provide a valuable income for local fishers, vendors and restaurateurs as well as a source of protein for the general public.
The Department of Fisheries continues to be concerned about the lack of compliance during the closed season. Members of the public, fishers, vendors and restaurant establishments that fail to comply threaten the sustainability of the lobster population. As such, non-compliance with the closed season may result in the extended closure.
The Department appeals to the general public, especially purchasers and consumers to retrain from purchasing lobsters the closed season. Anyone caught violating the Fisheries Regulations may be fined up to EC$5000.00 for each offence. Reports can be made to the Marine Police, the nearest Police Station or the Department of Fisheries. For additional information contact the Department of Fisheries at 468-4135 or 468 4141.