Public urged to report sale of crayfish during Jounen Kweyol events

PRESS RELEASE: The Department of Fisheries reminds vendors, consumers and the general public that the Sea Egg and Crayfish Fishery remains CLOSED.

River crayfish continues to be threatened by the illegal use of poisonous substances as a common means of harvesting.  As such, an extended close season (moratorium) on the harvesting and sale of wild-caught prawns or RIVER CRAYFISH remains in effect.  It is therefore illegal to remove from the rivers of Saint Lucia, expose for sale, sell, purchase, or at any time have river caught crayfish in one’s possession.

Persons are encouraged to purchase farmed shrimps or prawns from Aquaculture farmers. Farmed shrimp/prawns when alive are easily recognised by their large blue pincers (gandi) which are not present in river crayfish.

Further, recent assessments conducted of the sea egg population revealed very low numbers. This may be due to a number of factors including siltation, unfavourable sea conditions, reduced number of juveniles and illegal harvesting during the closed season. Although persons may be observing a few sea eggs in some locations, harvesting at this time is likely to prevent the increase in the population of the sea eggs to acceptable levels for an open fishery in the future.

The public is urged to report the sale of crayfish and sea eggs at public or Jounen Kweyol Events.  Anyone found contravening the Fisheries Regulations can be fined a maximum of $5000 per offence.


  1. Concerned citizen
    October 23, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    It’s a shame that both the department of fisheries and the police are aware of the illegal harvesting of sea eggs all year round by certain individuals,nothing is being done about it .but they will come out and say that the season remain closed.yes it’s closed for some people,but for others it remains open.things will never go right in this island until honesty prevails

    1. sharon
      October 24, 2017 at 5:11 am

      The warnings are given to everyone. I have seen people and fishermen disrespecting and cussing fisheries officers who don’t have the power to arrest. Then later if people are arrested for such offences lucians want to politicise every thing and justify it by people catching crayfish and sea egg to make a living and claim things hard blah blah blah….hypocrites

  2. Anonymous
    October 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    They were selling crayfish at Okotberfest

    1. friday
      October 24, 2017 at 5:13 am

      It was advertised as crayfish but it was farm prawns which is similar to crayfish that was being sold not the wild caught prawns.

    2. Redz
      October 24, 2017 at 5:16 am

      May be the blue Gandhi ones. Lol

  3. The One
    October 23, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Crime is illegal and I agree, drugs I agree, sea turtle I agree, you guys even want to stop people from eat river crayfish, yet still wasco is destroying all our rivers by building water dams across the river but no one see It fit to stop wasco from doing this, tell me who is destroying the river wildlife more. Some of you people in authority are too hypocrite.

    1. Stacy
      October 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      If the population of the river crayfish n sea eggs is low, how can u not see the relevance of having a closed season?? U know ppl like to abuse things…so u want them to fish out all crayfish without giving them a chance to reproduce?? Of course they need to hv a closed season. Come on now

    2. Smh
      October 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      The dam is there for our own good…don’t be silly!

  4. Broken
    October 23, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    You’ll will have to kill me cuz if I see anyone selling crayfish,ill buy it, eat it and then (Word deleted) it.

  5. Jo Shmo
    October 23, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    What does WASCO have to do with that?……People poison the rivers every year to harvest crayfish and we still eat it so……our refusal to put am end to this nonsense is just ridiculoush….

  6. Anonymous
    October 23, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Just today I saw guys at magretoute selling crayfish. Smh

    1. princez
      October 24, 2017 at 6:15 am

      Yes and I see guys everyday smoking weed in public…

  7. Anonymous
    October 23, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    How much i getting paid for tell you? You want me to report a man for his daily bread fou you to charve him moneh he doesn’t have.Tbag making sense

  8. Anonymous
    October 24, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Mwe kai manje crebish. Mwe kai fini kwebish.

    1. V
      October 29, 2017 at 2:44 pm