A massive catch of fish in Martinique has been declared illegal by authorities there, media reports say.
Photos and videos of the catch were posted on social media showing a curious group of individuals, including tourists, looking on as the fish were being off loaded.
According to the online news source RCI.FM, fishermen from Le Marin brought back the estimated one ton of fish to the Anse Moustique beach in Sainte-Anne a week ago.
However it was reported that the fish was caught by trawling, a practice declared illegal since the beginning of this year.
Trawling is a method of fishing that involves pulling a net through the water behind one or more boats.
Martinique authorities say the practice results in harm to juvenile species, damages corals and disrupts the nets of other fishermen.
It was not immediately clear what action the authorities intended to take in connection with the massive catch of fish.
Sources in Martinique told St Lucia Times that some fishers may not be aware of the new law against trawling that took effect from January 1, 2020.
A representative of the local fishing fraternity is reported to have urged the authorities to initiate dialogue with the fishermen involved to work out the best way to handle the situation.