Snail bounty hunters seem to be making progress with their new initiative when they collected almost 20 thousand pounds of snails in their first month.
According to the Plant Protection Unit, Bounty Hunters concentrated on 18 snail-infested locations and collected a total of 19,742 lbs of snails in September.
The majority of the collections were from Paynters (4,346 lbs), Fitches Creek/Burma (3,315 lbs), Cedar Valley (3,133 lbs), All Saints (2,350 lbs), and Pigotts (1,841 lbs).
The Unit says the first month’s effort can be said to have removed approximately 200,000 snails from the environment.
In April of 2018, the Cabinet approved the sum of EC$100,000 towards a Giant African Snail Bounty Initiative. The payout was one dollar per pound of snail.
As a result of the initiative, a system for daily collection and disposal of the snails has been developed – a collaboration with the Central Board of Health and the National Solid Waste Management Authority.
The Unit reports that forty (40) of the 75 registrants went on to sign contracts, with at least 50% falling within the 18 – 35 age category.