The Cayman Islands lobster fishing season closes Sunday, 1 March.
The National Conservation Law (NCL) sets the closed season for lobster fishing from 1 March through 30 November each year. No one may take lobster from Cayman waters, or purchase, receive or possess lobster taken from Cayman waters during that period.
The closed seasons for various protected species, including lobster, are set to allow these creatures a chance to repopulate in the wild.
The NCL sets a general penalty upon conviction of up to four years imprisonment and/or up to $500,000 in fines for the illegal removal of marine protected species from the environment.
The Department of Environment (DoE) also wishes to remind residents and visitors that the closed season for Nassau Grouper continues during their spawning season through 30 April and that the penalties for illegal take or possession are the same for that species.
For further information about the NCL, species protections, closed seasons or fishing rules, please contact the DoE at 949-8469 or email Doe@gov.ky or check our website at the following link: http://doe.ky/conservation-law/marine-park-regulations-maps-and-conservation-laws/catch-limits/ for further information.