Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Improved compliance with the regulations among bird hunters – NEPA

Bird shooters on the go during a recent hunt in rural Jamaica.

Bird shooters on the go during a recent hunt in rural Jamaica.

The National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA) is reporting a steady improvement in compliance with the regulations by game bird hunters over recent years.

"I think it (adherence to regulations) is much better this year than last year, and what we have seen over the years when you have looked at the history, we are getting better compliance," Richard Nelson, senior manager at NEPA, said on a recent enforcement exercise.

He attributed improved public education, among the factors, as contributing mainly to the increased level of compliance.

"I would not say that there are not any breaches, but we have not detected a lot. What we are seeing is encouraging, and we are really encouraging the hunters that we at NEPA, we prefer not to prosecute, and for bird hunting, if you have committed a breach, it is not only bad for bird hunting, it is bad for the population of birds," Nelson stated.  

The 2018 Game Bird Hunting season has been declared for six weeks, running to September 23.

On the enforcement exercise, NEPA and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) personnel checked for hunter's firearm permits, hunting licences, if hunters exceed the limit in relation to the number of birds they are allowed to shoot, if there was any hunting in reserved areas, among other breaches.