Fifty-seven nationals of the Dominican Republic have been arrested and charged by the Police after they were allegedly caught fishing illegally in Jamaican waters, on Saturday, March 2.
Reports are that more than 30,000 pounds of conch, more than 10 pounds of lobster and over 5,000 pounds of fish was seized and the nearly 60 men from the Dominican Republic arrested.
The men, who were on board two vessels, have since been charged with several offences under the Fisheries Act, 2018 which includes:
- 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 the Engineer have been charged with using a vessel as a processing plant without the permission of the Minister 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, lobster and conch.