Saturday 11 July, 2020

Vieux Fort Fishermen’s Feast to be low-key this year

Urban Agdomer, president of the Goodwill Fishermen Co-operative

Urban Agdomer, president of the Goodwill Fishermen Co-operative

Vieux-Fort will be devoid of its usual array of activities this year when it celebrates Fishermen’s Feast next week.

That’s as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a lack of financial resources and a decrease in the interest in the event by fisheries of the community over the years.

The thanksgiving celebration, which is held on June 29 every year, is usually organized by the Goodwill Fishermen Co-operative of Vieux-Fort.

In the past, it had always been a spectacle in Vieux-Fort. The feast usually features cricket competitions among fishers, boat races, and domino competitions, just to name a few.

This year it will feature its usual church service and the honoring of two fishermen of the co-operative, who have contributed significantly toward the organization. In addition to those regular features, it will also provide a stimulus package for its members, whose lives have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We did not plan anything that much, but we are trying our best. We hope the fishermen will appreciate what we are doing for them,” Urban Agdomer, president of the Goodwill Fishermen Co-operative told Loop News.

Commenting on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the fisheries financially, he said: “Most of the fishers’ livelihood was cut. They couldn’t go out at sea often, but when they do go out and come back with a reasonable catch, they don’t get a decent price for it.”

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