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Fisheries Bill to be tabled in Parliament soon

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2016 | 6:00 AM

The Fisheries Bill, aimed at protecting the multimillion-dollar industry and safeguarding the welfare of fisherfolk is to be brought to Parliament shortly.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda, who gave the commitment, said he intends to ensure that passage of the legislation is expedited.

He was addressing a press briefing at the close of the two-day retreat of the 10th Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in Montego Bay on June 17.

Samuda said that in addition to increasing fines for breaches, the ill will introduce a regime for ticketable offences, similar to what exists with traffic fines, where offenders make payments at the tax office.