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Environment Trust pleased with Rainforest Seafoods' preservation efforts

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 2:00 PM
In this 2014 file photo, a parrotfish is shown swimming over a dead coral reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary near Key West, Florida.

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) says it is pleased that major local seafood chain, Rainforest has stopped selling parrot fish in its stores. 

JET Deputy CEO Suzanne Stanley says Parrot fish play a vital role in the health of Jamaica's coral reefs and production of sand for beaches.

She says JET  is calling for other local suppliers to follow the example set by Rainforest and stop selling Parrot Fish.

READ: Rainforest invests more than $1m in parrot fish conservation project


Deputy CEO of JET, Suzanne Stanley

As the company gears up to observe World Oceans Day on Wednesday, Rainforest announced that it has signed a  partnership with The University of the West Indies Alligator Head Marine Lab to implement protective measures for highly threatened reef fish population, including parrotfish

The $1.25 million partnership will also see local fishermen trained in environmentally sustainable fishing methods.

In a release this morning, JET congratulated Rainforest for voluntarily deciding not to import or sell this species as well as playing a role in educating Jamaicans about threats to the ocean.

JET also urged Jamaicans not to consume locally caught parrotfish as well.