CRAWFISH SEASON TO COMMENCE ON 15 AUGUST, 2017

 Fishing interests, restaurants and the general public are reminded of the opening of Crawfish Season next month. As has been the case for the past five seasons, the Crawfish Season will open on 15th August. This has proven successful in reducing the quantity of egg-bearing lobsters landed, and is believed to have contributed to increased abundance and landings of crawfish. The last day of the Crawfish season will be 31th March, 2018.

 “The past few seasons have seen an increase in the catch per unit of effort, a reassuring statistic suggesting a healthy and rebuilding crawfish stock.   This will provide social, economic and environmental benefits to the Turks and Caicos Islands.  We need to continue to implement the measures we have in place which includes enforcement and monitoring the fishery, to assure our actions are guided by strong science.” said Ethan Griesbach, Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) Acting Director.

 Restrictions relating to crawfish, as per the Fisheries Protection Ordinance, are listed below:

  • Crawfish size restrictions are as follows:
  • When whole,  a length of 3.25 inches measured from the front of the groove between the horns directly above the eyes, along the middle of the back to the rear edge of the back shell; or
  • When the tail has been separated, a tail weight of 5 ounces whether processed or not;
  • Fishers are not to be in the possession of any egg-bearing crawfish;
  • Fishers are not to remove eggs from egg-bearing crawfish;
  • Fishers are not to take or be in possession of moulting / soft-shelled crawfish or crawfish in early stages of spawning (described as appearing ‘tar-spotted’); and
  • Fishers are to ensure that the crawfish are landed unharmed (except for those taken by hook) and landed whole prior to being processed on land (at a processing plant or at home), unless processed at sea as per the terms of the processing license.
  • The use of any noxious substance (e.g. bleach, detergent, gasoline) for capturing any marine product is prohibited.

DECR appeals to citizens, residents and visitors in the Turks & Caicos Islands, to familiarise themselves with and to uphold the Fisheries Protection Regulations, and urges all responsible citizens to call DECR at 338 4170 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to report any violations.

MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATION RETURNS AFTER SUCCESSFUL CANTO 2017 CONFERENCE

Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams returned to the islands last week after attending the 33rdCANTO’s Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic which came to a successful conclusion on Wednesday, July 20, 2017. The four days conference provided an opportunity for the Minister to network with eleven Ministers and one Prime Minister with responsibility for Telecommunications in the region through Ministerial Roundtable Discussion on Policy and Regulations. Coupled with this key note addresses and observation of telecommunications product and services at the trade exhibitions produced a forum to become adept with new developments, trends and innovative technologies regionally as well as globally panel discussions,

Consistent with the theme “Reimagining ICT as a Tool for National Growth and Development” speakers, panelists and feature addresses focused on the relationship, benefits and impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) on economies and small Island states. The forum also provided an opportunity to consider the Smart City approach to dealing with current challenges given its potential to deliver to the Caribbean, efficient city governance, high quality public services and New ICT, which it was argued, is the key to a smarter city and a core part of an enhanced production system. It was also noted that Smart City has a huge potential to bring economic value, cultivate safer cities and attract more tourists. The central role of ICT’S in everyday life and business, especially the areas of e-commerce, disaster planning and response, education, and security were also discussed in depth. 

Looking into the future of technology and what it means for the region was also a key objective of the conference. It considered the emergence of LTE and 5G technologies and put forward the view that with all these changes, the role of the Regulators in the region and the general regulatory environment must be revisited.

Speaking of the conference Hon. Williams said; “The 33rd CANTO Conference and Trade Exhibition was a very rewarding experience for me in my role as Minister and I am sure that it was equally rewarding for the operators and regulators in the industry as well. A major take away point for me is that with growing convergence and the emergence of new marks products in the industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands, there is a need to have a national ICT policy which clearly sets our vision, mission and goals on telecommunications (telephone, broadcasting and the internet), infrastructure, markets and access. There are still some communities in the Turks and Caicos that do not receive quality telecommunication service and there are physically challenged persons who we must do our utmost to ensure are able to have access.   Information and communications are fast becoming a human rights issue. They are at the heart of human life and social development and so this important piece of policy development work will be a major undertaking in my Ministry, hopefully in the not too distant future.”

The Minister also congratulated our very own CEO of FLOW, Mrs. Dellarise Hall who was also a panelist and Professor Dr. Gilbert Morris who gave a presentation.

The Minister was accompanied by Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication, Mrs. Clara Gardiner OBE, Acting Director of the Telecommunications Commission, Mr. Kenva Williams and Chair of the Telecommunications Commission Mr. Terrence Robinson.

Other participants from the Commission attended parallel training sessions (11th Annual Human Resource Forum and 4th Annual Sales and Marketing and Customer Care Forum) at the conference. 

REVISION OF THE NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP POLICY 2011

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services on June 30th 2017 received approval from House of Assembly to make amendments to its National Scholarship Policy 2011. The Policy was modified to allow inclusiveness of different strategies to strengthen aspects of the already established 2011 Policy, making procedures and practices more relevant in today’s scholarship system.

Changes that were implemented to the National Policy 2011 are as follows:

Ø  Enlargement of the approved Institutions list which must now be officially accredited by an established Accrediting Agency in accordance to the accreditation requirements for Higher Education Institutions in each jurisdiction (Caribbean, United Kingdom or United States).

Ø  Establishment of a Full and Partial Scholarship Approved Institution list.

Ø  To distinct between scholarship categories to further define the criteria of awarding amounts for Full, Partial Scholarship, Grants and Distance learning.

Ø  Capping the number of grants received per student and the maximum awarding amounts.

Ø  Establishing clear academic standards to determine eligibility for awarding of local and international scholarships in the various scholarship categories.

Ø  Determine academic standards for awardees to maintain their scholarship awards.

Ø  Regularizing standards for eligibility for scholarships, transfers and deferral of scholarship awards.

Ø  To establish a mechanism to ensure transparency and remove any perception of biasness in the Scholarship Awarding Process.

This modified National Scholarship Policy 2017 document will be implemented by the Ministry of Education and the Education Advisory Committee immediately for applicants who have applied for tertiary education scholarships during this year’s scholarship review process.

https://www.gov.tc/images/TCI_National_Scholarship_Policy_June_2017F.PDF