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Rampant breaches continue at Negril Marine Park

Despite the existence of laws prohibiting the catching of fish and other sea creatures in the Negril Marine Park, community members say there continues to be rampant breaches taking place in the resort town's coastal waters.

During the last meeting of the Negril Resort Board recently, some residents complained that fishermen were carrying on the illegal activities, while eluding the marine police.

"There are people out there dropping pots ...," Mary Viera of Couples Negril, told the meeting. "Everyday, they are out there spearfishing; they are on the beach with the fish, with tiny fish like this," she said, demonstrating the size with her fingers.

The Negril Marine Park was declared in 1998 in a bid to protect the natural resources within the park, including, among other things, coral reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove communities and commercially important fish. The park's boundaries cover a total of 160 kilometres and extends from Davis Cove in Hanover to St John's ... read more

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