Spear gun amnesty has begun

Anyone in possession of an illegally imported spear gun in the Cayman Islands is asked to take it in by 30 July to avoid facing criminal prosecution.

Importing spear guns or spear gun parts in Cayman is illegal. The smuggling, sale, or handling of spear guns could lead to fines of up to $6,000 and a maximum five year prison sentence upon conviction.

After the July amnesty period ends, the Marine Conservation Board has warned that those in possession of imported spear guns or spear gun parts will be prosecuted.

Under regulations, the only people allowed to own spear guns are Caymanians with a clean police record that had those weapons in their possession on or before 1986. A licence is required for ownership of the spear gun in those circumstances.

Anyone who wishes to turn in a spear gun on Grand Cayman may contact the Department of Environment at 949-8649. Residents of Cayman Brac should call Marine Enforcement Officer Erbin Tibbetts at 926-0136. Those on Little Cayman are asked to call Marine Parks Officers Hank Blagen 916-7021 or Robert Walton 926-2342.

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