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Seizure of Poaching Vessel near Middle Caicos

#Providenciales, February 23, 2019 – Turks and Caicos SOn Monday, 18 February 2019, while on routine patrol along the northern shores of the Caicos Islands, the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) intercepted 7 poacher vessels in the act of illegal fishing.

The incident occurred near Big Cut, Middle Caicos. One vessel, a 12ft dingy powered by a 40 horse power Yamaha engine, and two suspects were apprehended. The 6 remaining vessels managed to elude capture.

The two suspects, Dominican nationals, were apprehended while using artificial breathing apparatus, with several pounds of assorted catch on board their vessel.

The suspects are currently in custody and will be charged and prosecuted in accordance with the National Parks Ordinance, the Fisheries Limits Ordinance and the Fisheries Protection Ordinance, as amended.

The Turks & Caicos Nassau Grouper season is only due to resume on the 28th of February 2019 and it is considered a serious offence to fish for or be in possession of Nassau Grouper during the closed season. Similarly, the Fisheries Protection Ordinance prohibits the catching of parrot fish at all times.

The DECR would like to appeal to the public to seek to collaborate and cooperate with the Department by reporting any suspicious activities within our waters. All information will be considered confidential. Please call the DECR at 338-4164 or email environment@gov.tc should you notice any suspicious activity.

Press Release: TCIG

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