Chinese Caribbean workers accused of illegal fishing

| 23/05/2012

juvenile-conch.jpg(Caribarena): Chinese immigrant workers believed to be attached to the VC Bird International Airport expansion project were reportedly caught fishing buckets of juvenile conch from the grassy areas along Shell Beach. Marine conservationist Eli Fuller said based on reports, a group of Chinese immigrants gathered to collect a quantity of marine life for their own consumption. The police were called, but eyewitnesses said the police took so long to respond that by the time they arrived, the catch was already gone. Fuller said while he does not believe the conch was meant for export or sale, stricter measures must be implemented to safeguard delicate marine life that is guarded by legislation.

“Conchs have to be a certain size according to the law," Fuller said, "and they were all juvenile conch."

According to Fuller, there have been several reports of Chinese immigrant workers “doing things like that”.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    They'll eat all your sea urchins too. Maybe you can train them to eat lion fish!