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The public is informed that the Sea Turtle Fishery has been closed from January 1st   2015 and will remain closed until September 30th, 2015, both days inclusive.  All harvesting and sale of sea turtle meat should have ended at midnight on December 31, 2014.

The closed season for the Sea Turtle Fishery is the period of year when it is prohibited to capture, fish for, expose for sale, sell, purchase or to have in ones 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 their population.

Contravention of the above conditions shall 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 Praedial Larceny Unit, Marine Police, the nearest Police Station or the Department of Fisheries, any fisher, vendor or person known to be in possession of sea turtle products during the closed season. 
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