Two arrested for suspected conch poaching

Two West Bay men were arrested on suspicion of marine offenses following a police search in the Barkers area Monday.

According to officers, the Joint Marine Unit was asked to help the Department of Environment in tracking two suspected conch poachers who were spotted in a canoe in the North Side.

Police said police and DOE vessels found the canoe in the Barkers area where it had been run aground in some mangroves. After an hours-long search Monday morning, the men had not been located.

Police said they were initially concerned for the welfare of the two men, Ian Martin Ebanks and Derrick Bush, who had trekked off through the heavy bush. They were later located safe and well.

During Monday’s search, a marine unit officer was injured and had to be hospitalized.

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