Parrotfish had been unprotected since June 2019.
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources prohibited by means of resolution 023-2020 the capture and commercialization of parrot fish and doctors, considered species of vital importance for the survival and conservation of marine biodiversity.
With the resolution, signed by the minister, Orlando Jorge Mera, a total of 12 species of parrotfish belonging to the Scaridae family, as well as 4 species of doctorfish of the Acanthuridae family will be banned for one year, which could be extended with prior evaluation.
The measure that is effective immediately also prevents the consumption, import and export of these fish. Both parrotfish and doctors or surgeons contribute to the preservation of marine ecosystems and the maintenance of coral reefs.
Parrotfish had been unprotected since June 2019 , which led to their indiscriminate capture.
“It is in the national interest to achieve the sustainability of fishing to guarantee the future livelihood and food security of thousands of Dominicans, as well as preserve species and the functioning of coastal and marine ecosystems,” the resolution highlights.
From now on, the Vice Minister of Coastal and Marine Resources headed by José Ramón Reyes, will be in charge of carrying out this measure together with the Vice Minister of Protected Areas and Biodiversity, Federico Franco.
Both agencies will have the support of institutions such as the National Environmental Protection Service (SENPA), the Dominican Navy, the Dominican Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CODOPESCA) in the actions that will be carried out immediately to preserve parrotfish and doctors.
The common names of the 12 species of forbidden parrotfish are: Princess, Queen, Macaw, Striated, Midnight, Blue, Red band, Green, Yellow tail, Traffic light, Black fin, Soap.