(CMR) Crackdowns continue for people refusing to respect the preservation measures in place for seafood.
During an operation off Barkers in West Bay Sunday, 16 September, Department of Environment [DoE] conservation officers recovered dozens of conch and some lobsters that were illegally taken from Cayman waters.
Officers had earlier noted two men on board a vessel offshore who appeared to be acting suspiciously and intercepted the men when they came on land. DoE officers recovered a total of 43 conch and seven lobsters, all of which were taken out of season.
Cayman’s lobster season begins on 1 December each year The two men were warned for intended prosecution. Under the National Conservation law, anyone who takes lobster, conch and whelks out-of-season faces high fines, imprisonment and possibly forfeiture of their vessel, vehicle or equipment used in commission of the act.