Providenciales, TCI, November 8, 2016 – The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) is reminding the public that the 2016 Grouper Season will be close on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
The Fisheries Protection Ordinance (Amendment) Regulation 12(1A) states: “The close season in relation to Nassau grouper shall be from the first day of December to the twenty-eight day of February (inclusive) in each year or such other dates as may, from time to time, be appointed by the Governor in the Gazette”.
During the closed season, any person who fishes for, purchases or is in possession of a Nassau grouper will be committing an offence that is punishable by a fine of $5,000 or six months imprisonment or both.
The DECR is urging all fishers, restaurant owners, private residents and plant owners to ensure that no Nassau grouper remains in their possession as of Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Please report any contravention of the Fisheries Protection Ordinance Regulations to the DECR at 338.4170 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DECR is seeking the cooperation of the public in the above matter.