The Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry says it is working towards tougher sanctions for foreigners who illegally fish in Jamaican waters.
According to the Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Roger Clarke, the ministry is looking at developing a protocol to regulate illicit fishing.
He says foreign poachers continue to exploit weak links in Jamaica’s fisheries regulatory system.
Clarke says the scourge cannot be allowed to continue as it is an assault on Jamaica’s sovereignty with far-reaching negative impact on the livelihood of Jamaicans and the economy.
The Fisheries Division estimates that about US$10 million is lost because of fish poaching and US$9 million to lobster poaching in Jamaican waters.
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