Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green has signalled his intention to take strong action against poachers who continue to plunder Jamaica’s territorial waters.
Green, who delivered the keynote address at the formal handover of a twin-engine, seven-person-capacity patro
l boat valued at US$165,000 at the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club recently, said the time had come to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing substantively.
“We are taking a zero-tolerance approach to those who want to benefit – poach and conduct IUU fishing in our waters. This Government will not tolerate it,” he declared.
Policing Jamaica’s territorial waters is complicated because the marine space is 25 times the size of its landmass, which is estimated at 4,411 square miles.