NEPA offers $100,000 reward for info on crocodile hunters
Following the publication of an article in THE WEEKEND STAR which indicated that persons in St Thomas have been hunting crocodiles and selling their meat for $2,000 per pound, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is offering to pay for information that could lead to the arrest of the hunters.
NEPA is offering a $100,000 reward to any who can provide information that will lead to the arrest and charge of persons who engage in the illegal capture, sale and purchase of crocodiles in whole or part.
“It is illegal for anyone to have in their possession, the whole or any part of a crocodile without special permission from NEPA and the Agency will apply the full force of the law to those who disobey these orders,” said Rosemarie Lee, manager, public education and corporate communications at NEPA.
With customers coming from as far as St Elizabeth, the fisherman said he gets orders to catch crocodiles two or three times each month.
"We don't just go catch dem like dat. We have to get orders. When we get orders we just go down there and catch dem," the fisherman told THE WEEKEND STAR in an article which was published today, August 4, 2017.
"People come from Morant Bay, Bath and even down the line, Clarendon and St Elizabeth to come and buy."
The fisherman said most of his customers are of Chinese descent. "Black man buy dem too enuh, but a mostly Chinese," the fisherman said.
NEPA is aware of the alleged illegal practise.
Crocodiles are endangered species and persons can be charged up to $100,000 dollars or imprisoned for 12 months if they breach the law.