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Ministry plots environment plan for Pedro Cays

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2016 | 7:00 AM

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is putting measures in place to ensure the environmental sustainability of the Pedro Cays.

The plan involves more regular clean-up, waste collection, and the installation of 20 toilets to provide proper sanitary facilities for the residents.

"We have started the process and we have (recently) disposed of over 200 bags of garbage, and this will be done on a regular basis so that we can keep the community clean," said portfolio minister Karl Samuda.

He was addressing representatives from 20 fishing communities across the island at the International Fisherman's Day Conference on Wednesday at the Girl Guides Association's headquarters in St Andrew.

Director of fisheries in the ministry, AndrÈ Kong, said that the proper management of waste on the cays would ensure that the living standards of the residents are in keeping with environmental requirements.

"Right now, we are focusing on solid-waste management and human-waste management. There is a contract with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, through the National Solid Waste Management Authority, to remove solid waste from the area monthly," he said.

He noted that the fish sanctuary on the Pedro Cays is being managed by the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation. Arrangements are being made for the entity to also provide oversight to monitor and maintain the garbage storage areas.