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The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy (MMABE) wishes to inform the public that there have been sightings of sharks in neighbouring Caribbean islands.

While there have been no reports of sharks in Barbadian waters, all sea bathers, watercraft operators, fishermen and all others using the sea are asked to exercise great caution when doing so.

In addition, sea bathers are advised not to swim alone or in deep waters where possible.

All persons operating boats and other vessels in the sea are advised to ensure they are functional; their batteries are fully charged; radios are working; and they have additional safety equipment on board.

All persons who believe they have seen or encountered a shark are asked to notify the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy immediately. Please provide as much detail as possible, including locations and times.

To report any sightings, please email the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy at ps.mmabe@barbados.gov.bb, or call 535-5740 or 256-3171. Alternatively, persons may also call the Fisheries Department at 535-5809 or 535-5811. Sightings of sharks may also be reported on Instagram @mmabe_bb.

The Ministry wishes to emphasise that this is a serious matter and therefore only serious concerns should be reported.  The public’s attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy

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