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Season for Sea Cucumbers remains closed for 2017

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

Fisherfolk are advised that the Sea Cucumber season will remain closed for 2017; hence anyone caught fishing for or have in their possession the product is in violation of Section 11 of Statutory Instrument #67 of 2009 of the Fisheries Act.

The Fisheries Department says the reason for the extended closure is “to undertake a more comprehensive assessment of the stocks to strengthen management measures for the conservation and sustainable utilization of this species.”

Sea cucumbers have become a marine product in high demand because of its popularity in Asia. A few years ago, however, the Department had seized a large quantity of the product after it discovered it had been illegally acquired.

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