The Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture continues to build the capacity of divers to increase their trappings of Lobsters:
The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has deemed it necessary to re-outfit fisherfolk with the necessary supplies, gears and equipment to restore fishing operations in light of the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and last year’s volcanic eruption.
To this end, Minister of Agriculture Hon Saboto Caesar officiated the handing over of a shipment of construction materials for the assembling of Lobster pots.
This capacity development has been realized through local government funding under the Fisheries Development Programme took place Friday March 25, 2022.
Minister Caesar used the opportunity to update the fishers on other capacity building activities within his Ministry and announced the receipt of materials to construct 2,500 Lobster pots. Materials included fish pot wires, ropes, buoys, and steel. These equipment and supplies will assist in the rebuilding of the capacity of fisherfolk along the value chain while offsetting capital and operational costs to the extent possible
Chief Fisheries Officer Jennifer Cruickshank-Howard expressed gratitude to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on behalf of the Fisheries sector.
She urged the fishers to utilize the materials to make sure that their products are landed in hygienic condition.