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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Time for review of sea egg ban

Reverend Errington Massiah

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Time for review of sea egg ban

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When I saw images of sea eggs shells in the MIDWEEK NATION of December 10 at Martin’s Bay, St John, it confirmed the belief that I have had for some years now – that sea eggs can be harvested.

The ban has been on for too long, yet people are harvesting them. I must admit that I know nothing about when sea eggs are ready to be harvested because I do not go into the sea and cannot swim.

I was born in St George and in the era when parents had control of their children. When they gave an order, it had to be obeyed.

I am in support of the residents in St Philip, who are calling for the lifting of the ban and the reopening of the sea egg season.

According to those who should know, the fisherfolk, there are sea eggs out there that are ripe for harvesting.

People are placed before the court and yet others are still harvesting, breaking the shells and openly dropping them on the beach.

It is reported in the same story that during the month of October the delicacy is at its peak. Those who are responsible for the ban must listen to those in the know.

It is not too late for the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture to do something about this delicacy. By now the sea egg population should have increased or decreased.

Let us have some action.