Marine biologist says consult experts before adjusting lobster closed season

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A marine biologist in Barbuda is cautioning that expert advice must be sought before considering an adjustment the lobster closed season.

On Tuesday, Minister of Fisheries Arthur Nibbs said some Barbudans had spoken to him about shifting the closed season so that Caribana will fall outside.

But marine biologist John Mussington says scientific studies must come first.

OBSERVER media reached out to Mussington this morning. He says lobster is an important resource for the sister isle and must be managed sensibly.

The President of the Environmental Awareness Group Tahambay Smith says despite the benefits to Barbudans any adjustment should be in line with technical advice.

The closed season on lobster began on May 1st and ends on June 30 th while Caribana is usually around the start of June. Smith says there may be a reason why these months were chosen.

The President of the Environmental Awareness Group Tahambay Smith.