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Forestry Department warns against purchasing of freshwater crustaceans caught at Rabacca

Forestry Department warns against purchasing of freshwater crustaceans caught at Rabacca

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The Forestry Department is again sounding a warning to all persons who are, primarily, fond consumers of the local fresh water aquatic life such as crayfish. This warning comes on the heels of the recent confiscation of about 10 lbs of crayfish by the local police from several persons offering these items for sale.{{more}}

On Tuesday, September 13, information reaching the relevant authorities indicates that there was an incident of poisoning of the Rabacca Dry River. Following these reports, quantities of crayfish were observed to be available for sale in the immediate communities, which led to the intervention of the police, who are now being assisted in their investigations by seven persons.

The Forestry Department would like to advise against the purchasing and consumption of all such products originating from the rivers and streams, unless the origin and method of harvesting can be ascertain and proven. Please be reminded that the consumption of these aquatic animals caught under these conditions is a health hazard that can lead to death.

In addition, the department is appealing to all persons involved in harvesting of these animals to abide by the legal methods of harvesting, as it contravenes section 29D of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1991. This Act indicates that any person who permits the deposit of any poisonous substance in the waters frequented by fish, shrimps or crabs in any place, is guilty of an open offence, liable to a fine of $2,000 and imprisonment for six (6) months.

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