NOTICE: Open Sea Turtles Fishery

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives

Department of Fisheries

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives wishes to inform the general public that the Sea Turtle Fishery is open from Sunday, October 01, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017 both days inclusive. All harvesting and sale of sea turtle meat must cease at midnight on December 31, 2017.

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

Further, the Department seeks the cooperation of the public to report to the Marine Police, District Police Stations, Praedial Larceny Unit or Fisheries Department anyone found contravening the regulations. The Department of Fisheries will 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.

For additional information on Sea Turtles or any other related fisheries matters contact the Department of Fisheries at telephone number 468-4135 or 468 4143.

Mrs. Sarita Williams-Peter
Chief Fisheries Officer