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The public is informed that the Sea Turtle Fishery season has CLOSED and that all harvesting and sale of sea turtle meat should have cease from midnight on December 31, 2013.

The closed season for the Sea Turtle Fishery from January 1st 2014 to September 30th, 2014, both days inclusive, is the period of year when it is prohibited to capture, fish for, expose for sale, sell, purchase or to have in possession any part of the sea turtle including the by-products.

The closed season coincides with peak periods when sea turtles are reproducing and is established to allow the animals to mature and revive its population.

Contravention of the legislated conditions will result in a maximum fine of five thousand dollars (EC$5000) as stipulated under the Fisheries Act and Regulation Cap. 7.15. The Department appeals to the general public, fishers and vendors to adhere to the closed season regulations and report to the Marine Police, the nearest Police Station or the Department of Fisheries, any fisher, vendor or person who is not in compliance with the closed season.
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