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Fisherfolk pushing to start local fishing company

Fishing vessel. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

Fisherfolk in the First Electoral District are planning to pool resources and start a fishing company to help revive their livelihoods which were greatly impacted by last year’s hurricanes.

First District Representative Andrew Fahie said the idea came out of a meeting with more than 50 agriculture workers recently.

He said fisherfolk in his constituency are hoping they will become more eligible for bank loans to purchase much need fishing equipment.

“They can establish that company and then go to the bank to buy the larger boats and do some deep sea fishing so that they could make more millionaires out of the people and have that ricochet in other areas,” Fahie explained.

While speaking at a Rotary Club function recently, Fahie called on Rotarians to support the venture.

“Any professional help that the group can do to help them (fisherfolk) steer in that direction will be greatly needed,” he said.

The idea to start a local fishing organization follows a statement from Agriculture Minister Dr Kedrick Pickering that farmers and fishermen are not an immediate priority for government.

A number of fishing vessels and equipment were either severely damaged or lost during Hurricane Irma back in September.

Since then, fisherfolk have been scrambling for funding to get back to sea.

But agriculture workers might not see any assistance from until the second fiscal quarter of this year, Dr Pickering has said.

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  1. SMDH says:

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    This is what Kedrick should have been doing for the last eight years.

    • Serious says:

      Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8 Thumb down 9

      Why should Kedrick be doing it? He is a fisherman?

    • Reply says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 12 Thumb down 7

      Sorry buddy. I have a problem when people refer to adults by their first names. Dr. Pickering is a physician by training, a politician, a father, and the Deputy Premier. The least you can do is to address him as Mr. Pickering, or Dr. Pickering.

      I think he has earned that much respect. It’s simple impolite to go about addressing people by their fist names all the while completely ignoring their accomplishments no matter how familial one may be with them.

      So may I kindly suggest you refer to grown adults respectfully. It’s the right thing to do, and your posts will be taken more seriously.

      • Please says:

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        If you don’t respect people, don’t expect it in return, qualifications or not.

      • Disinterested says:

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        Reply, get a life and let the people express their opinion. Call Frenchie what you want and let other people call him what they want. Geez som bred mon? There are bigger problems in the VI.

  2. Truth says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 3

    The NDP had failed we the people in farming and fishing industries.

  3. Insult says:

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    This so called ndp recovery plan only have a million dollars for farming and fishing. Clearly no vision at all.

  4. E. Leonard says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

    Pooling of resources {money, machinery, labour (manpower),equipment, technical skills, facilities} is a great way of funding the resources needed to successfully launch and operate a business. 👍👍👍 to Fisherfolk; great community spirit. Wonderful example of each one helping one. Great way of pulling oneself up by one’s own bootstrap.

    Moreover, more initiatives as this should be occurring in the VI. For example, construction companies with different core competencies can pool resources to bid on local major capital projects. And so too can ferry companies pool assets to modernize and improve ferry operations.

    Nonetheless, launching and operating a buisness will require trust, cooperation, mutual respect, understanding, collaboration, accountability, patience, responsibility, reliability, dependability…….etc for the success and sustainability of a business. With this initiative, the 1st District/Fisherfolk is setting the pace and example for others in the BVI. Perhaps government can provide some disaster assistance in either grants or low or no interest loans to the Fisherfolk.

    Of course, taxpayer money must come with some terms and conditions. There must be proper accountability for all government expenditures; periodic financial statements have to be produced and issued. Additionally, this level of effort is but one example of what is required for the BVI to repair, recover and rebuild from 2 monster Cat 5 hurricanes and a historic flood.

  5. duck1951 says:

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    Whilst a good idea we must be careful with this type of fishing that has the potential to wreck havoc on the fish population . The netting will not allow certain unwanted species caught to escape .

  6. fish farming is the future says:

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    it’s not traditional or exciting and the sea breeze doesn’t rush in your ears and your clothes arent salt crusted, but it’s sustainable.

    New fishing is not; how long will net fishing last? The Japanese and Chinese boats trawling out there cost many millions of dollars each and use sophisticated computers to track fish, leaving little for the rest of us. They won’t be out there forever- the technology used is TOO good.

    NOBODY wants to hear it, but we need to consider using that money to develop lobster and conch farms for export. It’s not just sustainable, it’s the future.

  7. The Diaspora says:

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    The Diaspora
    As we ponder each day about how we can be a part of the pre-Irmaria development of our country it is thoughts like those of the 1st District fisherfolks that go through our minds. Sustainable development for the future of our nation is what is needed, and there is no better time than now to initiate such ventures. However, I am wondering if there will be room at the table for us in the Diaspora, for an opportunity to invest in such needed developments whether it is lobster, and conch farms as was noted by “fish farming of the future” as some of us were livid about being left out from previous investment opportunities due to not residing in the country.

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