No sea egg fishing season this year

The ban on sea eggs harvesting will remain in force, and there will be no sea egg fishing season this year.

This is according to a statement issued by Chief Fisheries Officer, Stephen Willoughby.

He said that the results of the annual sea egg survey for 2017 indicate that the sea egg stock around the island is very low and cannot support the opening of a fishing season of any reasonable duration this year.

All fishermen, divers and the general public are asked to desist from harvesting or purchasing sea eggs to allow the stock to recover to levels that would support fishing in the future.

All persons are reminded that the penalty for selling, purchasing or being in possession of sea eggs or roe during the sea egg fishing close season is, on summary conviction, a fine of up to $50,000, and/or up to two years’ imprisonment.

49 Responses to No sea egg fishing season this year

  1. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome October 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Makes me sick this.

    • Horace Boyce
      Horace Boyce October 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Y? if dem harvesting outta season all yr round wat u xpect

  2. Richard Henry
    Richard Henry October 8, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    It’s a shame the population has been depleted to this point but it is good to see that there are serious penalties for violating the ban. Hope the prohibition will allow the populations to rebound.

    • Gee Zette
      Gee Zette October 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Ppl don’t take penalties serious cause their not feeling the full weight of the law ppl still harvest out of season everybody knows this other than that why are the eggs not showing more potential after all this time?

    • Richard Henry
      Richard Henry October 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Is there a specific agency who enforces the ban or is it left to the police? In Canada we have Federal Fisheries Officers and Provincial Conservation Officers who enforce fisheries and wildlife conservation legislation.

  3. Seth St John
    Seth St John October 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Good, idiots wont stop harvesting out of season, our reefs are near dead and nobody seems to care much

    • Cathy Jessamy-Babb
      Cathy Jessamy-Babb October 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      They can regrow the reefs but they are not doing it. They are getting too much money for garbage dumping.

  4. Ossie Moore October 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Really ?

    All persons are reminded that the penalty for selling, purchasing or being in possession of sea eggs or roe during the sea egg fishing close season is, on summary conviction, a fine of up to $50,000, and/or up to two years’ imprisonment.

    Committing murder . . . . walk free.

  5. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 8, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    The illegal people love to hear that

  6. Bajan October 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    If we cant stop people stealing crops on land we expect to stop them stealing seaeggs from the sea?

  7. Andrew Ward
    Andrew Ward October 8, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    People will still harvest them and end up in front of the judge..

  8. Tête La
    Tête La October 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    So wait, if there is no season how comes…
    …well forget it

  9. Marcia L. Smith
    Marcia L. Smith October 8, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Oh no!!! No white rice and fried sea eggs!!

  10. Gerald Matthews
    Gerald Matthews October 8, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    does anyone know then they reproduce?

    • Terissa Bushell
      Terissa Bushell October 8, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      You would hope so, since they introduced the “harvest season” that they knew the conditions and peak reproductive periods but…either the fines were not enough of a deterrent for out of season harvesters or the issue is environmental that they’ve not been able to catch themselves. I agree with your suggestion of introducing a reproduction program.

  11. Gerald Matthews
    Gerald Matthews October 8, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    maybe we can start a reproduction program to increase the spawning for the coming future?

  12. Gerald Matthews
    Gerald Matthews October 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    or we can repopulate the sea floor with more sea weed.

  13. Alex Jordan
    Alex Jordan October 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Cawbleeen i still eating dem…

  14. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas October 8, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Ban for ten years and enforce the rules

  15. Kim Connell
    Kim Connell October 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Love seacat and rice

  16. Milli Watt October 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    this is the only place where you got a ban on for half a century and stocks still depleted…………….HELLO people still catching the sea egg and selling and we all know who doing it ssttuuppsseeee

  17. David Grazette
    David Grazette October 8, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Well have to change here in America and see if the Koreans have some we all love that bajan flavor but have to check and see if they have them in other countries Delicatessen menu !!!!

  18. Sheron Inniss October 8, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    @ Milli Watt. So true.

    At the Nylon Pools in Tobago you can’t touch them, far less fish there. It’s a beautiful reserve and the coral life, fish and sea eggs(huge) makes you go WOW. It is spectacular.

  19. Milli Watt October 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    @ Sharon this country is a real disappointment for me. Cannot believe the damage that all the political parties have done to undermine the place. As bright as they feel they are they are quietly tricking themselves out of an island.

    • hcalndre October 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      This is not the first time they put a ban on the sea eggs and no improvement, The sea eggs have gotten smart like the flying fish and left the island. Things have gotten rough with them too but the people have been asked to hold strain.

  20. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow October 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Too far east is west….fail to plan ..plan to fail

  21. Ras Small
    Ras Small October 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    They do. But wid a depleting coral reef, mainly due to pollution, secondly demand the sea eggs have adapted their seasonal spawnings.

  22. Marvin Harding
    Marvin Harding October 8, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    These idiot people always over doing things that good for them they behave like if there is no tomorrow I hope it ban for ten more yrs and jail all who pouch them 5yrs or $5000 forthwith clowns like them get me sick

  23. Andrey Greenidge
    Andrey Greenidge October 8, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Dollar may devalue and now no sea eggs

  24. lswiltshire October 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    QUESTION WhY are the sea urchin stocks low?

    QUESTION When did sea urchin stocks began to be low?
    ANSWER When we started to use herbicide and pesticides

  25. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 8, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    we didn’t had ah 10 year ban before?

  26. Chris Wright October 8, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Time was when Sea eggs were only harvested in months which has an ‘r’ in the name. That was from September to April. This guy was caught diving for sea eggs in August and brought before to court. The asked asked him, ” Young man you know you shouldn’t dive for sea eggs in months that does not have an ‘r’ in the name?
    ‘Yes, my honour’ he replied but i did catching dem in August’
    Is that so replied the judge, could you spell August for me, to which the young man replied A U R G U S T. The judge gave him three months and told him to go back to school when he come out of jail.
    Seriously though, when greed steps into play and profit is more important than the resource eventually that resource is depleted. I’ve noticed the same with flying fish. When I was growing up in Barbados. matter of fact when I left years ago the average flying fish was about nine inches long. When I visit and go to Oistins or see them in a store I wonder what’s going on. The problem is that there is over fishing there also thus the decrease in size.
    I hope the divers comply with the order and let the urchins replenish.

    • VoR October 9, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Fat chance. A lot of people only care about making money now. They don’t care about the future.

  27. Andrew Rocka Hinkson
    Andrew Rocka Hinkson October 9, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Im glad. Thing is, most of fisherman and divers harvesting sea eggs dont even know or understand the life cycle of sea eggs. They just see them as gold coins.
    If ya ask me they don’t even care about the fragile eco system out of which they ply their trade.

  28. Katrina Sobers
    Katrina Sobers October 9, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Mind u I’m 26yrs old n never seen r tasted one thanks to d idiots who does harvest them illegally and wanna sell u for an arm n a leg stupse I glad duh ban give d Lil creatures time to live life

  29. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside October 9, 2017 at 8:10 am


  30. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond October 9, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Why does this insignificant sea creature attract so much national attention?

  31. bobo October 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Ref to G Matthews–here in Italy and many parts of the world all kind of shell fishes are reproduce for local and world-wide exported ,
    Caribbean Regions Politicians are way behind innovations— Barbados local seas eggs similar to caviar can rake in million of dollars to the economy – instead both political parties greedy politicians self- interest and focus is ”I tax you here” -”I tax you there” and making sure our local children are sent to prison.

    Barbados in desperate need of ”Political change”-Barbadians-please take a view on The Next Party G Phillips future solutions to Barbados

  32. Bobotheclown October 9, 2017 at 11:26 am

    When Poachers are getting $80-$100 for a little container of Sea Ezggs does anyone think that Sea Eggs will be left un touched?
    I don’t think so . On any Thursday one can purchase Sea Eggs if you know where to go ,and is willing to pay the price.I once caught Sea Eggs but the most I ever got was 60cents for a large container. Things have changed. Why isn’t there a ban on Lobsters ?Poachers have depleted the Lobster stock around Barbados.There are catching speckle lobsters that are less than five length.The bigger lobster….the Green Shells are rarely seen .Why aren’t shoal fish stocks protected as well.when you see the size of the fish that are being slaughtered by Spear Fishermen one wonder if we will see certain breeds of wish in the not too distant future.Let’s not only ban Sea Eggs,but other seriously endangered sea foods.

  33. Anthony Benjamin
    Anthony Benjamin October 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    That a reasonable ban some of us bajan s over does things good decision

  34. Wayne Norville
    Wayne Norville October 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I’m not surprise, the big ups are going to get theirs though.

  35. SeaEgger October 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    got my sea eggs since last week. who cares about this silly notice lol

  36. De Fish Man October 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Don’t only blame the sea egg divers….!!
    Put some of the blame on agriculture…!!
    The farmers are allowed to spray whatever they they feel like with out regulations….!!!
    Example Roundup is used to kill grass before planting sugar cane & most crops grown in Barbados…,!!!
    So where does it go after the grass has dried up…???
    Do you think it just evaporates into thin air….???
    Not only round up,all pesticides used in agriculture for the last fifty years + has ended up on the inshore reefs around Barbados by run off during the rainy seasons…???
    Also chlorine where does the chlorine go from hotels from South point right around North to the west coast…??? There is no treatment plant up there,& also probably too the south coast sewerage plant doesn’t remove chlorine either so it’s going on the south side too…!!!
    Indiscriminate & illegal dumping of all sorts of chemicals & rubbish into the gullies doesn’t help either…!!!
    Into the ocean…..!!!!
    So don’t blame over fishing of sea eggs as the only cause of the problem……!!!!

  37. De Fish Man October 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Sea eggs can’t done in Grenada,St Lucia & all of those Nothern Carribean Islands…!!!
    Import some from over there…!!!
    Nobody eats them over there….!!!

  38. De Fish Man October 9, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Bell Air’s Institute For Marine Biology they could start to breed the sea eggs at the old Dolphin farm up in St Lucy….!!!
    They would know how to do it……!!!
    Then restock at different locations around the Island & then do a water contamination study to to see how many ppm’s of pollutants are in our waters…!!!
    Clean the waters…!!!
    Clean the land,gullies & streets of all of the garbage that ends up in the ocean first….!!!
    Find out what the real problem is…!!!!
    Other than the usual….!!!
    Blaming the the poor fishermen who have been taxed almost to death….!!!
    Thank god for Breadfruits,corned beef & buscuits…!!!

  39. Cathy Jessamy-Babb
    Cathy Jessamy-Babb October 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Unfair. September is spelt with an “r”. It is not septemba. Ha, Ha.

  40. Unknown October 11, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Keep the eggs , don’t change it !!! Hahaha 5B aquatics


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