PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Fisheries wishes to remind and advise the general public that the sea egg fishery is currently closed.
In accordance with Section 36 of the Fisheries Regulations Cap 7.15, when the sea egg fishery is CLOSED, no one shall disturb, damage, take from the fishery waters, have in his or her possession, purchase, expose for sale, or sell any sea egg.
The Department has received several reports of illegal harvesting of sea eggs and strongly urges members of the public to desist from purchasing sea eggs during the closed period. The last open sea egg fishery period was in October 2015 for 7 days; the fishery had previously been closed for 6 years due to low populations observed. It is therefore imperative that regulations governing the sea egg fishery be upheld in order to allow for the stock to replenish before the fishery can be reopened.
Anyone who contravenes the sea egg regulations can be liable to a maximum fine of EC$5000.00 for each offence. For additional information contact the Department of Fisheries at 468-4143/ 468-4141 or the nearest Police Station to make a report of illegal activity.