Senator Kamina Johnson Smith
The Senate has passed the new Fisheries Bill.
The bill will, among other things, make it mandatory for persons fishing in Jamaican waters to have a valid licence issued by the state.
Under the proposed amendments, persons who fail to provide a valid fishing licence could face a fine of up to $10,000.
Kamina Johnson Smith, Leader of Government Business in the Senate, who piloted the bill, noted that the legislation also makes it an offence for persons to catch underdeveloped fish.
The bill was passed in the House of Representatives in July.
It will replace the Fisheries Act of 1976.
Work to amend the Act started in 1995.