Jamaican legislator calls for closed season for parrot fish

Stoplight Parrotfish (Sparisoma viride) at Salt Pier

A  Government Senator in Jamaica has called on his colleagues to explore the possibility of declaring a closed season for the parrot fish.

Matthew Samuda told the Senate that declaring a closed season would lead to a detailed analysis for those who are concerned about the overfishing of parrot fish.

His suggestion comes in the wake of calls from several local environmental groups for a full ban on the fish.

Samuda, who was speaking during the State of the Nation Debate, agreed that “an eventual ban on the consumption of parrot fish is required.”

Samuda also revealed that he has received detailed recommendations on the issue from the Jamaica Environment Trust and other stakeholder groups.

“It is my view that the…

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