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No parrotfish ban

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 11:15 AM
Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Audley Shaw, emphasises a point at a post-Sectoral Debate press conference held at his Hope Gardens office in St Andrew on April 24, 2019 - Contributed photo

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Audley Shaw, has indicated that there is no ban in place on parrotfish.

At a post-Sectoral Debate press briefing at his Hope Gardens offices in St Andrew on Wednesday, Shaw said that extensive research and consultations have been undertaken with local and international experts to properly examine the issue.

Acknowledging the varied concerns expressed by lobby groups, he explained that “while there exists a correlation between reduced herbivory and degraded coral reef systems, there is no conclusive evidence that the consumption of parrotfish is the cause of the depletion of the coral reefs.”

“In addition to the fact that there is no scientific basis on which to impose a ban on parrotfish, it is (also) not practical to impose a ban on a single species in a multispecies fishery, without serious negative impact on some of our most vulnerable citizens,” he said.  

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