Man Caught Fishing in Rolandus Canal Ordered to Release Fish, Remove Illegal Gill Net

Staff of the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, the Department of Maritime Affairs and Inspectors from the Ministry of Public Health responded to an alert of a gentleman fishing in the Rolandus Canal behind the RBTT Parking Lot in Philipsburg.


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Upon arrival it was determined that the Gentleman was fishing using a gill or killer net. The use of Gill nets is prohibited without a license under the Fisheries Ordinance (Visserijbesluit (PB 1991, nr. 74)). The Gentleman was unable to provide any identification or any proof of a license to use a gill net. He was order to remove the net and release the fish he had already caught. Numerous fish were released including tilapia, mullet, and tarpon and a strong warning was given to the fisherman.