The modernisation of Barbados’ fishing trade is nicely underway with the renovation of 5 fish markets and deliberate enhancements at a further three.
The Pile Bay Fish Touchdown Facility has joined the checklist of renovated markets that includes high quality materials on the counter tops, which permits it to fulfill the phytosanitary requirements required for exporting fish.
Renovated at a value of $1.5 million by the Barbados Port Inc. (BPI), the market, identified for its Sunday limes and bustling enterprise, is now disabled pleasant and outfitted with photo voltaic panels on the roof, in help of Authorities’s thrust in the direction of renewable vitality. It additionally options lighting designed to guard hatchling turtles, and has quite a lot of vegetation.
Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Financial system, Kirk Humphrey, described the ability as a “full whole blue economic system bundle’’ as he addressed the official opening ceremony this morning.
Humphrey said that he was happy that his Ministry was capable of convey to fruition a imaginative and prescient that was “began some time in the past”.
He famous: “We needed to change how we had been doing issues, and the place we had been doing issues. I felt there was a necessity for us to modernise the fishing trade in a manner that was sustainable…and a manner that may respect and shield future generations.”
He defined that it was obligatory for fishermen to have the ability to fish, however in a manner that was sustainable, utilizing accessible know-how to make it simpler for them to hunt for fish.
“Fish Aggregating Units (FADS), which we put throughout Barbados, the fish would collect there, and fishermen would know the place to go and get fish. That’s transformative,” Humphrey stated.
He additionally outlined plans for a tuna undertaking, which might enable fishermen to catch tuna and loin it in Barbados to get extra worth.
“We’re additionally giving fishermen entry to vessels by way of a lease-to-own association, which we now have already began,” the Minister added.
Chairman of the BPI, Peter Odle, stated Pile Bay was “expensive” to the BPI, and famous that the brand new facility added to the attraction of the seaside and had change into a “protected haven” from the “hustle and bustle” of the Port of Bridgetown.
Nonetheless, he pressured the necessity to prioritise sustainability in a blue economic system, which was on the threshold of a brand new wave of industrialisation and exploitation of the ocean that held the promise of extra innovation, financial development and jobs.
“Efforts should be made, subsequently, to make sure that maritime industries, using ocean house and assets are ecologically sustainable, and that financial actions pursued are in stability with the long run carrying capability of the ecosystems,” he stated, noting that this was on the core of the Port of Bridgetown’s strategic imaginative and prescient.
Mr. Odle additionally disclosed that the BPI had signalled its intention to change into concerned within the refurbishment of the Weston Fish Market in St. James, which is at present on the design stage.
At present’s reopening of the Pile Bay Fish Touchdown Facility, with the revealing of the plaque by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, provides it to the checklist of renovated markets. They’re: the Berinda Cox Fish Market; the Bridgetown Fishing Complicated; the Tent Bay Fish Market and the Speightstown Fish Market.
The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Financial system is presently finishing up renovations at Paynes Bay and Consett Bay Fish Markets.