A levy of US$1 has been imposed on each pound of conch exported during the 2012 conch season.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 30), approved the Conch (Export Levy) (Rate of Levy) Order Resolution, 2012, to facilitate the move. The Resolution was brought by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke.
The law requires that for each conch season, the rate prescribed by the Minister must be subject to affirmative resolution in the House of Representatives.
“The Conch (Export Levy) (Rate of Levy) Order, 2012, was gazetted on July 3, 2012 at US$1 or the equivalent in Jamaican currency per pound of conch exported during the 2012 conch season,” Mr. Clarke said.
The Conch (Export Levy) Act imposes a duty on the export of conch, to facilitate the sustainable management and development of the fisheries sector.
The Act, which was passed in 2009, is used in part to offset the cost of implementing programmes for monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement in relation to Jamaica’s limited conch resources. These programmes are expected to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.