Saturday 5 December, 2020

Choiseul fisherfolk still await fishing port fix

Choiseul Fishing Port

Choiseul Fishing Port

Fisherfolks of Choiseul may have to wait a bit longer to have their problems addressed as it relates to the inconveniences they encounter utilizing the fishing port in their community. 


In January, 2020, during a presentation by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) on how it would correct the deficiency with the port, Minister of Agriculture Ezechiel Joseph said in the interim short-term measures would be put in place to reduce the impact the problem has on the fisherfolks.


However, according to the fisherfolks of the community, so far there have been no interim measures to relieve them of their plight. 


Since the construction of the Choiseul Fishing Port about 20 years ago, the fishers in the community have been experiencing problems getting into it due to the buildup of silt at its entrance. 


President of the Choiseul Fishermen Co-operative Society, Richardson Jn Baptiste, who had also addressed the attendees at the presentation, said he is awaiting word from JICA to give him an idea when work on the project will actually commence. 


However, he said he believes JICA has not contacted him as a result of the coronavirus, which is wreaking havoc around the world. “I am awaiting word from JICA. However, I am hoping work will commence on the fishing port soon,” he told Loop News. 


Jn Baptiste said in the meantime, the desilting at the port continues, adding that it provides temporarily relief to the fisherfolks of the community. 

Some fishers say they are not convinced that they will be provided with a long-term solution to their problems soon. 


According to the concerned fishers, over the years successive administrations have promised them that a long-term solution will be implemented to address their concerns, but it never materialized.

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