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Published:Thursday | March 22, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Lobster closed season starts April 1

Hotels, restaurants and others businesses which serve lobster on the menu are reminded that the annual lobster closed season starts April 1 and runs until June 30. During this period it is illegal to fish for lobsters. However from April 1-21 businesses which have lobster in stock must inform the fisheries division of the agriculture minister in writing by March 31, detailing the amount, form (meat, tail, etc) and the place of storage.

After confirmation of these facts by a fisheries officer, the division will then issue a certificate. During this three-week period (April 1-21), these businesses will be allowed to sell, process or export lobster, but come April 22 any found in possession will be guilty of a breach.

For more information, please contact the fisheries division by calling 923-8811-3.

Hayles charges Jamaicans to eat local

State Minister for Agriculture Ian Hayles has urged Jamaicans to start examining the products on their plates to ensure they are eating local foods, while lamenting the country's huge import bill in excess of US$800 million. He said whether dining in a restaurant or at home, each Jamaican should make a conscious effort to eat Jamaican products.

Speaking during a recent tour of the Jamaica Broilers Group's facilities in St Catherine, he commended the company for its contribution to Jamaica, describing it as an example of local success.