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Date: Saturday 11th June, 2016
Venue: Angostura Auditorium,
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3. Receive and Adopt Executive Committee's Annual Report 2015
4. Receive and Adopt Auditor's Report 2015
5. Appointment of Auditors
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Fishermen are calling on Minister of Agriculture
Clarence Rambharat to intervene as they fight for
the survival of their industry.
Fishermen from across the country met at the Clax-
ton Bay Fishing Depot last weekend to speak about
the issues of pollution, bunkering, trawling, seismic
surveys that were scaring away the fish, as well as the
high cost of gas. With fish prices ranging from between
$25 and $40 a pound, Terrence Beddoe, president of
Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS), said fish
prices continue to soar almost out of the reach of
ordinary people s pocket.
"Poor people cannot eat fish anymore. Is now a
rich man s dish," Beddoe said, adding that the industry
is on the brink of collapse because of numerous chal-
lenges. Fisherman Wayne Henry, of La Brea, said
seismic surveys, pollution and bunkering "are mashing
up the fishing grounds and our livelihood." Badose
Sooknanan , vice president of the Claxton Bay Fishing
Association, agreed. He said, "We have a court appeal
pending but the Environmental Management Authority
(EMA) is still granting licences for seismic surveys."
Appealing for help, he said with the increase in the
cost of gas, fishermen now have to put out more to
fill up, venture further into the sea, stay out for longer
hours with less fish to show for their efforts. Richard
Jaggernath, who conducts his trade in the Cocorite
Fishing Depot, said trawling is also a problem. Jag-
gernath said he would like to see the EMA issue new
rules or guidelines for seismic surveying which has
really devastated fishing in the Gulf of Paria.
"There is no more fish there. People are crying out
for high fish prices. Fishermen are not catching what
they used to, but fish prices can go down if fishermen
can catch fish again." He said if their concerns are
addressed they could sustain a very good fishing indus-
try as well as save the country foreign exchange by
supplying restaurants with their catch. "People are
complaining about forex, yet most of the restaurants
are purchasing imported fish. We can sustain a good
fishing industry if the EMA issues proper guidelines
for seismic surveys as well as trawling."
Jaggernath painted a grim picture of their daily
challenges, saying, "A man can put $300 in gas to go
out there, pay his crew and catch $200 worth of fish.
If you go around to fish markets guys there would tell
you they make $12 profit for a whole night s work."
FFOS secretary Gary Aboud, who chaired the meet-
ing, said this was the first one held in Claxton Bay
since they filed and lost a judicial review case against
the EMA granting approvals to Petrotrin to conduct
extensive seismic surveys without the environmental
Fishermen want minister's
help to deal with high fish price
impact assessment safeguards.
Aboud said several months have passed since they
appealed the court decision, but to date they have
not received the written judgment. "It has taken three
years to get a judgment from the date the judicial
review was filed.
We have appealed, and my concern is that it may
take five more years before the appeal court grants a
date for hearing and giving a judgment.
"We cannot afford to wait. We have a quandary.
One of the reasons why this meeting was called was
to come up with a strategy to communicate this very
difficult situation we are in, where the EMA continues
to give approval for new seismic surveys without
requiring simple environmental impact assessments
which would allow us to provide scientific data which
would allow us to have a transparent flow of infor-
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