Sea egg harvesters creating mess at Martin’s Bay

A new sanitation problem is emerging in Martin’s Bay, St John that has nothing to do with the regular cries about mounting garbage.

Beachgoers are complaining that some fisherfolk are leaving sea egg skeletal remains on the beach, creating a stinky mess.

Martin’s Bay has grown in popularity due to the increasing number of fresh seafood outlets, and in recent weeks sea egg and white rice has become the dish of choice.

“This can’t be right; they are a dirty bunch of people. How could you just leave the shells right on the beach?” one resident, who requested anonymity, complained to Barbados TODAY.

These sea egg shells have been left behind, littering the beach  at Martin’s Bay, St John.
These sea egg shells have been left behind, littering the beach at Martin’s Bay, St John.

“You can’t walk there [on the beach] because piece of the shell could easily run up in your foot. Not only that the place start to smell and it doesn’t look clean to the same people they looking to sell to.”

The Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture is allowing a one-month window, which began on October 1, for Barbadians to harvest the local delicacy.

One gentleman who sat at a local fish shop enjoying a beer, said the harvesters who leave behind the waste were doing the community a disservice.

“I don’t think the Government have to tell big people that they need to clean up after themselves. It is just nasty that people clean their sea eggs right on the beach and leave the shells for people to deal with after the fact.

“It is a good thing that they are not really plentiful this season, otherwise it would have been a worse mess,” the man, who requested anonymity, said.

Meantime, his friend Mark Giles said St John residents “already have enough problems with garbage for fishermen to add more”.

Senior officials from the Fisheries Division from whom Barbados TODAY sought comment had not returned calls up until the time of publication.

10 Responses to Sea egg harvesters creating mess at Martin’s Bay

  1. Sue Donym October 13, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Sea egg shells, coconut shells… for some people just another day in paradise. Where is the pride? Another bunch who just care about chasing their dollars and not much else.

  2. kathy-Ann Clarke October 13, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Aww, this is just nasty. Those people who cleaned the sea eggs should know better. Just hope they or someone will come and clean up the mess. This island have too many issues dealing with already.

  3. BoboTheClown October 13, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Have you ever stepped on a sea egg or a sea egg shell?Well I have ,and it can be very painful and in most cases the spines or prickles as are called ends up in the sole of your feet ,which in turn makes it very difficult to walk . May be the Fishery Division should have been proactive in that inspectors should have been in place to visit places that are harvesting Sea Eggs (especially Public Arenas) to ensure that the shells were buried or taken back out to Sea to be dumped once the Poachers had removed the roes.
    The stench from the Sea Eggs is much worse than that of Sargassum Sea Weed and offers more of a danger to Beach combers ,especially to children who are less likely to be as observant while frolicking on the beach.
    From day one of the Sea Egg season Fisheries should have known that there was the likely hood of any such scenario and should have had roving Inspectors on the ball to insure that this type of behavior was not going to be tolerated. i am sure that the Poaches might have moved on from Martin’s Bay to some other
    location where the same folly is still continuing.

  4. harry turnover October 13, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Next year those same NASTY people gine harvest sea eggs AGAIN.
    All the authorities got to do is to put a Law in place…..$5000 in 5 months or 5 years in jail or a 5 year ban.
    You would see how fast those stinking people would clean up their nasty act.

  5. lester October 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

    black people just nasty, suit to live in the jungles where they came from, a common act like disposing of ones garbage cannot be achieved, foolishness

  6. Coralita October 13, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I keep saying some people bout here just too darn nasty.

    They think they are creating work for NCC to do??? I am sure the residents know who the fisherfolk are, call them out and make them clean up their mess.

    Bajans litter and then say if they didn’t, SSA would not have anything to do. Bunch of nasty wretches.

  7. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks October 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Come on Martin’s Bay people, u all know better than that ,clean up behind you all selves and don’t let them talk about like this. You all are clean people, u all been cleaning the bushes and keeping the neighborhood clean, so get together the clean up team for Saturday .Show them who you all are and what you all do for the neighborhood .

  8. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks October 13, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Any bet ,it’s the people from the outside. I know my people too good ,especially the divers they won’t do this

  9. F.A.Rudder October 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    The fisher folk who harvest the sea eggs (Sea Urchins) are operating under the guide-lines of the Ministry of Agriculture Lands and Fisheries and rules of engagement in the busyness of sea egg harvesting and preparation should be in placed. Rules for the empty discarded shells should be in place by the Sanitation services. The sea urchin’s shell is composed of calcium and iron salts which can be an alternative fertilizer in gardening and agriculture. We buy packaged fertilizes from the hardware stores so why can’t local farmers become thrifty by utilizing a wholesome local product for their flower gardens and kitchen gardens!

  10. F.A.Rudder October 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    A Bob Cat with a locally built rake attachment can be utilized for the combing of the beaches this is as elementary as it gets. This process can also be used for cleaning the seaweed! Where are all qualified mechanical and agricultural engineers on this issue?


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