Launtia Cuff, Gleaner Writer
BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth:
FISHERMEN IN South West St Elizabeth who lost tools during the passage of Hurricane Sandy have benefited from a donation to purchase new equipment.
One hundred and two cheques totalling $816,000 were prepared for the fishermen by the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and is a part of a national effort.
"What is happening today in South West St Elizabeth is a part of the national Sandy relief. You'll see members of parliament making similar donations back to their fisherfolk in their constituencies," Hugo Buchanan, member of parliament, told the gathering last Friday.
He added: "The Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture has seen it fit to help the fisherfolk who lost the material that they use to do their fishing. Most of what was affected here by Sandy was out at sea and not really on the mainland."
Some of the 102 cheques were distributed. However, Buchanan said some fishermen were still at sea, noting that they would be able to collect their cheques at the office of the member of parliament.
The fisherfolk said their livelihood has been affected by damage to their property and although the money was not enough to cover the entire cost of what they had lost, they were grateful for the assistance.
"We all lost some fish pots. Whatever this can cover, we still give thanks for it. We are grateful for the assistance that we [are] getting, it can cover a bit," one fisherman said.
Each fisherman was given a cheque for $8,000 to use in whatever way they choose.