Thursday 26 November, 2020

Strong winds prevent fishers in south from going out to sea

The sea in Vieux Fort

The sea in Vieux Fort

Strong winds and rough seas have prevented fisheries in a number of communities in the south of the island from going to sea over the past few days.

Out of the approximately 30 fishing vessels which usually go to sea in Vieux-Fort daily, none went out to sea yesterday, Saturday, January 11, 2020, and on Friday only one took the risk of going.

Today, Sunday, January 12, 2020, many fisheries are keeping a keen eye on the weather hoping it will improve during the course of the day.

Over the past few days, the winds have been extremely strong, especially in the morning causing trees to sway frenetically.

“For the past few days, I had no fish to sell. I am hoping that the condition of the sea improves tomorrow,” Stephen Mc Farlane, a resident of Vieux-Fort who owns a few fishing vessels told Loop News yesterday.

According to Mc Farlane, the condition of the sea is too bad for fisheries to take the risk of going to sea today.

Vieux Fort fishing boats

Another resident who also owns a number of fishing vessels said his crew had intentions of going to out to sea yesterday but changed their minds due to the condition of the sea.

“My crew say they will not take the risk of going to sea until its condition improves. The winds out there are very strong,” the boat owner said.

The condition of the sea in certain parts of the south is worse than in Vieux-Fort and the winds there are stronger.

Today, the weather in Saint Lucia is forecasted to be partly sunny, with a shower and windy.

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