Wednesday 22 May, 2019

57 Dominicans arrested for ‘poaching in Jamaican waters’

File photo of a Marine Police team on duty.

File photo of a Marine Police team on duty.

Fifty-seven Dominican nationals have been arrested and charged by the police after they were allegedly caught fishing illegally in Jamaican waters on Saturday, March 2.

The men, who were on board two vessels, have since been charged with several offences under the Fisheries Act, 2018, including:

• Possession of berried lobsters

• Possession of undersized Lobsters

• Possession of conch in closed season

• Fishing without a licence

• Fishing without identification

Meanwhile, the captain, chief mate and engineer of the vessels have been charged with using a vessel as a processing plant without the permission of the Minister (of Agriculture), and operating a motor vessel within Jamaican territorial waters without a licence.

An application has also been made for the vessels to be forfeited, as well as other equipment and the lobster and conch.

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