Junior agri minister urges fisherfolk to use correct size wire
Minister of State in the agriculture ministry, Luther Buchanan, has urged fisherfolk in Belmont, Westmoreland, to use the correct size mesh wire in their fish pots in order to avoid prosecution.
He was speaking at the handover of 50 rolls of one-and-a-half inch mesh wire by the Bluefields Bay Fishermen Friendly Society to fisherfolk at the Belmont Fishing Beach on Thursday.
Buchanan told the fisherfolk that there is a fine for those who use illegal wires and that the wardens and marine police would be vigilant in confiscating unregulated fish traps.
Funding for the mesh wire was provided by Caribsave Partnership at a cost of US$5,000 and is part of a three-year project covering the period 2013 to 2015 valued at approximately US$9,000.
In recognising the vital role of the fishing industry in the Jamaican economy, Buchanan said more than 40,000 persons were employed to the fisheries sector, directly and indirectly.
And he implored the fisherfolk to protect the industry.
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