Barbadians will soon know if they can legally harvest the sea egg delicacy this year, according to Chief Fisheries Officer Stephen Willoughby.
“We recently concluded our annual survey of the sea eggs and we are now analysing the result . . . and we will make a decision soon as to whether or not there will be a sea eggs season this year,” Willoughby said.
He was speaking at the end of a tour this morning by Minister of Martitime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey and Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson of the Millie Ifill Fish Market in Weston, St James.
Humphrey cautioned that there was still a ban on harvesting of the sea urchins to allow them to replenish their stocks.
“I know some people have made applications to import and sell sea eggs in Barbados during the ban. Our belief is as a Government, as long as it doesn’t damage the local sea egg stock then that is okay. We have to allow our sea eggs to replenish themselves. That hasn’t changed. There is a point every two years where the ban is lifted on the sea eggs,” Humphrey said.