A new sanitation problem is emerging in Martin’s Bay, St John that has nothing to do with the regular cries about mounting garbage.
Beachgoers are complaining that some fisherfolk are leaving sea egg skeletal remains on the beach, creating a stinky mess.
Martin’s Bay has grown in popularity due to the increasing number of fresh seafood outlets, and in recent weeks sea egg and white rice has become the dish of choice.
“This can’t be right; they are a dirty bunch of people. How could you just leave the shells right on the beach?” one resident, who requested anonymity, complained to Barbados TODAY.
“You can’t walk there [on the beach] because piece of the shell could easily run up in your foot. Not only that the place start to smell and it doesn’t look clean to the same people they looking to sell to.”
The Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture is allowing a one-month window, which began on October 1, for Barbadians to harvest the local delicacy.
One gentleman who sat at a local fish shop enjoying a beer, said the harvesters who leave behind the waste were doing the community a disservice.
“I don’t think the Government have to tell big people that they need to clean up after themselves. It is just nasty that people clean their sea eggs right on the beach and leave the shells for people to deal with after the fact.
“It is a good thing that they are not really plentiful this season, otherwise it would have been a worse mess,” the man, who requested anonymity, said.
Meantime, his friend Mark Giles said St John residents “already have enough problems with garbage for fishermen to add more”.
Senior officials from the Fisheries Division from whom Barbados TODAY sought comment had not returned calls up until the time of publication.