fishermen

Fishermen want EMA to probe dead fish catch

Granville fish­er­men are call­ing on the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ty to in­ves­ti­gate the tox­i­c­i­ty lev­els from the Gulf of Paria af­ter they no­ticed fish caught in their fish pots were turn­ing up dead.

With the red fish sea­son al­ready here, the fish­er­men say they were fac­ing loss­es and were find­ing it in­creas­ing­ly dif­fi­cult to sur­vive.

Cap­tain Wayne Pu­ra said they can bare­ly af­ford to buy fu­el for their pirogues, so many of them were try­ing to cap­i­talise on the red fish sea­son which lasts un­til March.

No more regular gas on the market, fishermen threaten protests

Fish­er­men are plan­ning to protest out­side the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter next week be­cause reg­u­lar gas is no longer avail­able in the coun­try.

Vice pres­i­dent of the Clax­ton Bay Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Bhadase Sook­nanan warned that with­out reg­u­lar gas, the fu­el used in the out­board en­gines of their boats, the lo­cal fish­ing in­dus­try will be oblit­er­at­ed. Sook­nanan, who owns two boats and em­ploys five peo­ple, said he used to spend $200 on gas for one fish­ing trip but that cost will in­crease to $500.

Otaheite fishermen want $3 million depot open

Af­ter spend­ing $3 mil­lion to re­fur­bish the Ota­heite Fish­ing Com­plex, fish­er­men say they are forced to sell their catch out­side on the car park, brav­ing wind, rain, and sun be­cause the Fish­eries Di­vi­sion has locked them out.

In­ter­viewed, pres­i­dent of the Ota­heite Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Clement Charles said its been two years since the fa­cil­i­ty was closed.

In the mean­time, fish ven­dors are con­tin­u­ing to op­er­ate from the car park.

Gas hike hits fishermen hard

Faced with a $1 in­crease per litre in the price of Su­per un­lead­ed fu­el, fish­er­men from South Trinidad are call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish an out­let so they can pur­chase reg­u­lar fu­el at a cheap­er price.

Reg­u­lar fu­el is a low­er grade of fu­el com­pared to su­per un­lead­ed and pre­mi­um un­lead­ed. How­ev­er, on­ly two out­lets in San­ta Flo­ra and Care­nage sell reg­u­lar fu­el and since the price in­crease, fish­er­men say they can no longer af­ford to buy Su­per gas.

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