Turks and Caicos Islands extend lobster closed season by one month
By Government Press Office, Turks and Caicos Islands
Jul 11, 2011 - 5:13:43 PM
Ministry of the Environment, DECR and members of the Fisheries Advisory
Committee (FAC) presented proposals for the effective and sustainable
management of the spiny lobster and queen conch fisheries.
In view of
the substantial reduction in the lobster and conch catches in the past
few years (and in the size of fish caught), the Council endorsed a
number of recommendations, including extending the close season for
lobster by one month until September; commissioning a bio-economic study
of the fishery; issuing guidelines for capping next year’s conch catch
at the same figure as this year; and conducting a visual survey of the
respect to fin fish, concern was expressed about grouper and snapper
stocks; and it was agreed that the FAC would discuss the situation
further with fishermen before making any recommendations. The Council
endorsed a recommendation to ban the catching of parrot fish.
importance of adequate enforcement resources was underlined and it was
agreed that the DECR would make an appropriate business case for
consideration by the OPSM and Ministry of Finance.
PS and Undersecretary for Education, Chairman of the Higher Education
Board and Chief Financial Officer joined the Council for a discussion of
policy on scholarships in the light of a recent consultancy.
discussion covered the economic and social objectives of the scheme;
number of scholarships; and ways of obtaining best value for money
through, for example, developing partnerships with individual
universities, better use of the Community College and more distance
learning – with a view to enabling all students with the ability to do
so to benefit from higher education.
The Ministry of Education was
invited to work with the Ministry of Finance and the Higher Education
Board to present a fuller paper for early consideration by the Council.
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