Fisheries Division Notice:
Dear Seafood Lovers, Fishers, Hoteliers and Restaurateurs:
The closed season for the Caribbean spiny lobster is fast approaching – MAY 1st to JUNE 30th. Please refrain from EATING, HARVESTING, BUYING, or TRADING during these months.
Note in May and June, the percentage of adult females mating or carrying eggs will peak at about 80%. During the closed season, a female lobster can produce between 250,000 and 1 million eggs per spawning (depending on the size); however LESS THAN 1% will survive to an adult. With this in mind, it is important that we all work together to protect spawning lobsters.
To report violations, the Fisheries Division can be reached at 462-1372 or 462-6106 or email <[email protected]>. The ABDF Coast Guard can also be reached at 462-3206 or 462-2841. All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Section 42 (6) of the Fisheries Regulations 2013 states:
A person shall not fish for, take, place for sale, purchase or have in his POSSESSION Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) during the period of a closed season for spiny lobster.
Any one contravening this regulation commits an offence under the Fisheries Regulations and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Chief Fisheries Officer
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