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Marine Police vow to clamp down on delinquent fishermen

Published:Saturday | July 13, 2013 | 12:01 AM

The Marine Police say they will be using a combination of laws to crack down on delinquent fishermen, who have been openly breaching the Fishing Industry Act of 1976.



The Act carries a sanction of $1,000 for operating without a licence and 20 dollars for operating a fishing vessel that has not been licensed.



Sergeant Everton Reynolds has used the International Fishermen’s Day Conference at the Farmers’ Training Centre in St Catherine yesterday to warn that stiffer penalties would be coming for those and other breaches.



He explained that in respect of landing immature fish, they could also be charged under the Wildlife Protection Act, and upon conviction, be fined as much as $100,000.



Sergeant Reynolds disclosed that the Marine Police would also be taking a firm stance against the illegal practice of trawling, which is now growing, with as many as eight boats per night carrying out this activity.



The activity has a dredging effect and destroys fishing habitats as nets, chains and other devices scrape along the sea floor.



He said this and other destructive activities only allow for short-term financial gains.





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