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Parliament approves levy on conch exports

Published:Friday | July 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

A levy of US$0.75 has been imposed on each pound of conch exported during the 2014 conch season.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the Conch (Export Levy) (Rate of Levy) Order Resolution 2014, to facilitate the move.

The resolution imposing the levy was brought by Minister of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier on behalf of Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Roger Clarke, who is currently on medical leave.

The law requires that for each conch season, the rate prescribed by the minister must be subject to affirmative resolution in the House of Representatives. The Conch (Export Levy) Act imposes a duty on the export of conch, to facilitate the sustainable management and development of the fisheries sector.

The law, approved in 2009, makes provision for the levy, which is used in part to offset the cost of implementing programmes for monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement in relation to Jamaica's limited conch resources.

The programmes are expected to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The closed season for conch usually runs from July to January of the following year.