On Tuesday 13th September, information reaching the relevant authorities indicates that there was an incident of poisoning of the Rabacca Dry River.
Following these reports, quantities of crayfish were observed to be available for sale in the immediate communities, which led to the intervention of the police who are now being assisted in their investigations by seven persons.
The police confiscated about 10lbs of crayfish from several persons offering these items for sale.
The Forestry Department will like to advice against the purchasing and consumption of all such products originating from the rivers and streams unless the origin and method of harvesting can be ascertain and proven.
The Department is reminding Vincentians that the consumption of these animals caught under these conditions is a health hazard that can lead to death.
In addition, the Department is appealing to all persons involved in harvesting of these animals to abide by the legal methods of harvesting as it contravenes section 29D of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1991.
This Act indicates that any person who permits the deposit of any poisonous substance in the waters frequented by fish, shrimps or crabs in any place, is guilty of an open offence liable to a fine of $2000 and imprisonment for six (6) months.