Reminder of the Use of Droppers by Fishers

The Marine Enforcement Section would like to remind all Fishers that the closed season for droppers is still in place until 17 March 2023. This fishing method prohibition is issued in accordance with section 19(1)(d) of the Fisheries Ordinance, 2021.

The Fisheries Ordinance, 2021 defines droppers as the use of a main line with more than one hook attached. Therefore if you are participating in fishing activities during this closed season you should not be using a line with more than one hook attached.

This notice does not apply to a person fishing in accordance with the conditions of a St Helena fishing licence issued under the Fisheries Ordinance, 2021, whereby targeting bait species with droppers remains permitted during this time. However, where this does apply, any species caught using this method must then be used as bait.

A person who contravenes a fishing control notice commits an offence under section 72(2) of the Fisheries Ordinance, 2021 and is liable on summary conviction to a maximum fine of £25,000.

6 March 2023

St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470