Help coming for Pedro Cays
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Karl Samuda has promised residents of the Pedro Cays that he’s urgently moving to find a solution to their solid and human waste problems.
Samuda made the promise during a visit to Middle Cay in the Pedro Cays on Wednesday.
About $10 million is already being spent annually to remove waste from the cays.
However, Samuda says plans are also in place to put toilet facilities on the islands.
He says discussions are being held at this point to finalise the system that will be used to ensure maximum benefit.
Samuda also says the team will be looking into a desalination plant so fishermen will have access to water.
He has also sought to assure residents that they will be included in the discussions to improve conditions on the cays.
The Pedro Cays are a collection of mostly uninhabited islands and islets frequented by fisherfolk, who make their livelihood from fishing and related activities.
However, the cays have been plagued by sanitation problems, with the National Environment and Planning Agency having to order immediate clean-up in the past.