Nassau, Bahamas — The Department of Marine Resources wishes to remind the public that closed season for the capturing of crawfish is the period of April 1 through July 31, 2010.

During this period it is an offence for persons to take, capture or have their possession, kill or offer for sale, any fresh or live crawfish without the written permission of the Minister.

Persons possessing crawfish trapping permits, crawfish exporter’s licenses and permits authorizing the use of air compressors are reminded that these permits expire March 31, 2010. At this time all crawfish traps must be stored on land and all processors must file a report with the Department of Marine Resources stating the quantity of crawfish on hand as of Thursday, April 1, 2010.

Processors wishing to export any crawfish during the closed season are reminded that they must obtain a special permit from the Department of Marine Resources to do so. The utilization of air – compressors during the period April 1 through July 31, 2010 to aid in commercial fishing is prohibited.

Fisheries Inspectors will be on alert to ensure compliance with the regulations during the closed season and violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The Department of Marine Resources requests the full cooperation of all persons concerned.