Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operativesDepartment of Fisheries
THE Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Resources and Co-operatives informs the general public that the Lobster Fishery opens from Wednesday August 2, 2017 to Wednesday February 28, 2018, both days inclusive.
When the Lobster Fishery is opened, lobsters may be fished, sold or purchased; however, the following regulations are in effect in accordance with the Fisheries Regulations Chapter 7.15 of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia 2013:
- No person shall harm, give, receive from anyone, or at any time have in his possession, expose for sale, sell or purchase:
(a) any lobster that is undersized;
(b) any lobster carrying eggs; and
(c) any lobster which is moulting
- No person shall:
(a) remove the eggs from a lobster, or have in his possession, or sell, or purchase a lobster from which the eggs have been removed.
(b) spear, hook or attempt to spear a lobster; and
(c) sell any lobster that has been speared, hooked, or otherwise impaled.
- In this Regulation - "undersized" means in relation to lobsters-
(b) less than 9.5 centimeters (3.75 ins.) in carapace length measured from the ridge at the base of the horns to the end of the carapace (back shell); or
(c) if the tail has been removed, a tail weight of less than 340 grammes (12 ounces)
(d) 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 between 1st March to 1st August in every year, or as otherwise stated by the Minister by notice published in the Gazette and in newspaper which is printed or circulated in the state.
Contravention of each of these Regulations is subject to a maximum fine of EC$5000.00. The Department seeks the cooperation of all persons and encourages members of the public to report to the Marine Police, District Police Stations or the Department of Fisheries, any person or establishment that is found contravening the Lobster Fishery regulations.
Mrs. Sarita Williams-Peter
Chief Fisheries Officer