Man jailed for fishing sea eggs in closed season
A St Philip man will spend the next 13 months behind bars for possession of sea eggs during the closed season.
On August 10, about 11:15 a.m., the Marine Unit conducted a land patrol along with the Coast Guard, when they encountered 47-year-old Eric Mayers.
He was found with a white bucket containing sea egg rows, with their shells already broken.
Earlier in the year, in March, Mayers was seen by police at Cove Bay, St Lucy, in the water breaking out sea eggs.
Police approached him when he came ashore, but he ran back into the sea and swam away, leaving his illegal catch behind.
Mayers appeared in court on yesterday, charged with fishing for sea eggs during closed season, and possession of sea eggs during closed season.
He pleaded guilty to the offences committed on August 10, and was sentenced to four months in prison.
Earlier in the week he also pleaded guilty to the offences committed in March, and was fined $5,000 to be paid immediately or spend nine months in jail. The fine was not paid.
The sentences will run consecutively.
Meanwhile Clement Standard of St Martin’s Bay, St John was placed on one year’s bond when he appeared in court on August 12, and pleaded guilty to possession of sea eggs during the closed season.
Standard was held with 12 live sea eggs in his possession on August 10, during a land patrol of the Marine Unit and the Barbados coast Guard.