Resumption of Conch Export Season & Closure of Nassau Grouper Season

The general public is duly notified that Wednesday, 15 November 2017, will see the resumption of the conch season. The open season allows the export of conch meat and other derivatives of Conch e.g. conch pearls, conch shells, and conch shell products etc.

You are therefore reminded of the following restrictions:

  • Conch shells: size restriction of a minimum of 7 inches; export of 4 or more shells requires a CITES permit, of which can be applied for through the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR); and
  • Conch meat: once removed from the shell, of a total weight of 8 ounces after the removal of the digestive gland.

The DECR would also like to remind all fishers, hotels and restaurants that the final day for the 2017 Nassau Grouper season will end on Thursday, November 30th, 2017.  

The Fisheries Protection Ordinance (Amendment) Regulation 12(1A) states: “The close season in relation to Nassau grouper shall be from the first day of December to the twenty-eight day of February (inclusive) in each year or such other dates as may, from time to time, be appointed by the Governor in the Gazette”.

During the closed season, any person who fishes for, purchases or is in possession of a Nassau grouper will be committing an offence that is punishable by a fine of $5,000 or six months’ imprisonment or both.

The DECR is seeking the cooperation of the public in the above matter.

Please contact the department for clarifications pertaining to the above matter at Tel. 338-4170 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please also visit our website to familiarise yourself with the Fisheries Protection Ordinance, 


Turks and Caicos Government Appoints New Labour Commissioner

The Turks and Caicos Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Edwin Taylor as the new Labour Commissioner within the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services.

Mr. Taylor who officially took up employment on Monday November 6th, 2017, holds a Bachelor of Science and Arts Degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management from the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Florida and a number of professional certifications from the London School of Government, Florida International University and RIPA International in Human Resource, Leadership and Project Management.

Having previously served as a Human Resource Officer with the Turks and Caicos Government from 2006 to 2010, as a Senior Human Resource Officer with Fortis TCI from 2010 to 2012 and as a Human Resource Manager with Inter Health Canada TCI from 2012 to 2017, Mr. Taylor has an extensive background in Human Resource Management and employment matters.

Commenting on the appointment, Her Excellency, Deputy Governor, Anya Williams said; “I am pleased to welcome Mr. Edwin Taylor back to the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service and to congratulate him on his new appointment.

“As a part of our efforts to continue to improve service delivery across government, key focus was placed on the restructuring of the Ministry of Border Control, in particular the Employment Services and Immigration Departments which led to both Director positions being restructured and re-advertised to fall in line with the new proposed mandate of the department.

“As this role is vital to the proper functioning of the labour market and wider economy, we are confident that Mr. Taylor's professional background and experience will be an asset and will help to continue on with the improvements that we have already seen in the department through the stewardship of Deputy Commissioner - Mr. Aplheus Smith, Customer Service Manager - Mr. Emilio Seymour, Assistant Manager - Chrishanda Hall and other staff.”

Also commenting on the appointment, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Border Control and Employment Services, Hon. Sean R. Astwood said; “I welcome the appointment of Mr. Taylor as the Commissioner of Labour within my ministry. His role is a very critical one that will steer the department towards the full realization of the vision of the Government, that is, an efficient mechanism of regulation and support for a migrant labour force while maximizing and promoting the employability of Turks and Caicos Islanders. 

"This is a very demanding position, but with Mr. Taylor’s enthusiasm and wealth of experience, I am certain that he will be successful. I would like to commend the work of the Deputy Commissioner - Mr. Alpheus Smith, who has done a tremendous job of bringing about the improvements already visible within the department. I believe that together, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Smith will be a formidable force and I am looking forward to great accomplishments from this team.”

Mr. Edwin Taylor commenting on the appointment and his expectations for the role added; “It is with great pride and humility that I have accepted the position of commissioner of labour. I thank God for the opportunity to serve my country in this capacity, and look forward to working with everyone in the Ministry of Border Control and labour, as well as the employment services team in carrying out our mandate.

“I am excited about the proposed changes the Permanent Secretary has brought to my attention in regards to the future plans for the department, and I am honored to be given the chance to contribute and play a major role in bringing about these changes.

“Initially, I plan to focus on ensuring that timelines for processes are being met and that communication lines are always open to provide clients with updates to the service they are accessing through the Employment Services Department. We also plan to focus on ensuring that companies are following the proper procedures and protocols with regards to employee relations. I would also endeavour to educate everyone living and residing in the TCI on their rights and understand the role we play to ensure that those rights are not being violated.”


World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2017



Press Release     


World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2017

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The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services joins the rest of the world in the observance of World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is the world's largest diabetes awareness campaign and is observed every year on November 14. Observance of this day aims to highlight key issues related to diabetes reaching over 1 billion people in over 160 countries.


The theme of World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2017 - 14 November - is Women and Diabetes, with the slogan "Our right to a healthy future", focusing on women currently living with diabetes and how women can self-manage their diabetes.


The Director of Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit, Mrs. Aldora Robinson stated; “Diabetes is globally the 9th leading cause of death among women worldwide and locally 60.9% of persons diagnosed with diabetes in 2016 were women”  She continued; “It is more difficult for women who have diabetes to become pregnant and in instances where they do, they are at risk of severe complications. We as women must take better care of our health, we need to act now.”


Girls and women with diabetes experience a range of challenges. Power dynamics, gender roles and socioeconomic inequalities influence vulnerability to diabetes, exposing women to poor diet and nutrition and physical inactivity disproportionately. These factors also affect women’s access to health services and health seeking behavior, it also amplifies the impact of diabetes on women, particularly in developing countries. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD), blindness, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation.


Mrs. Lakiesha Wilson, Nutritionist within the Primary Care Department called for women to take a deep look into their diet and stated; “In pregnancy, poorly controlled diabetes increases the risk of maternal and fetal complications, we are the care givers and nurturers in our families but take no time to look after ourselves”


“Women with type 2 diabetes are 10 times more likely to have heart disease and have significantly increased risk of depression in comparison to men. Globally, there are more deaths attributable to diabetes in women than men.”


The Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services Hon. Edwin Astwood added; “We must work together in our efforts to prevent and control diabetes in our population. This requires the commitment of every resident in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”


He continued; “While the government will do all that it can to provide the necessary treatment and care for those with diabetes, individuals also have a personal responsibility to take charge of their own health, and make healthy lifestyle choices. I encourage all of us to make a personal commitment towards leading a healthy lifestyle, to minimize the impact of diabetes and other chronic non-communicable diseases on our women and our society at large.”


For more information on Diabetes contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338-2772.


World Diabetes Day

November 14, 2017

Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services in collaboration with Grace bay Pharmacies

The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future.

Events Schedule

Diabetes Awareness Media Circuit

Monday 13, November

8am – 11am

Diabetes Awareness Media Circuit

Appearances on Local Radio and Television Stations

Leaflet and Poster Campaigning

Diabetes Awareness PSA’s

PSA recordings for Chef Nick, Dr. Bernado, Creole Nurse, and Nutritionist 

7PM – Health Matters on RTC


Diabetes Screening Event

Tuesday 14, November

9am – 2pm

Venue Grace bay Pharmacy – Grand Turk

Town Center Mall, Down Town- Providenciales

The screening involves: 

Diabetes Risk Assessment Test, Blood sugar checks, Blood Hemoglobin Checks, Blood Cholesterol Checks, Blood Pressure Testing, Body Mass Index Evaluation


Women and Diabetes Health Talk

Wednesday 15, November

9am – 11am

Venue: The Lobby at Cheshire Hall Medical Center, Providenciales

Diabetes in Pregnancy, Pre-Diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes