Four unlicensed fishers fined in Barbuda for catching over 300 Parrotfish

By Rumi Samuel Published on February 09, 2022
Four unlicensed fishers fined in Barbuda for catching over 300 Parrotfish

Four unlicensed fishermen were fined in Barbuda after finding a big catch of Parrotfish.  

According to Antigua’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, the fishers docked into the river landing site on an unregistered Boston whaler on February 4. Fisheries officials were on site when they called the police for assistance when the fishers refused to comply. 

They were then transported to the Barbuda police station, where 334 Parrotfish were taken from their ice coolers.

The anglers were fined, and the fishing vessel was seized for further investigation. The fish was distributed to the Barbuda community as the fishing of the Parrotfish is wholly banned in Barbuda. 

The Ministry notes outside fishers need a special area permit to fish 3.5 miles inside of Barbuda waters. 

According to The Barbuda Fisheries Regulations - a person shall not fish or attempt to fish in Barbuda without having with them a valid Barbuda particular area permit issued by the officer, except that a person who is under the age of 16 may engage in recreational fishing without such a permit, provided that they comply with all national and local regulations.  

A person shall not take, attempt to take, possess, the place for sale, purchase, or have in their possession any fish form which includes the Parrotfish.

Rumi Samuel

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