St. Kitts – Nevis Government Ministers Discuss Fisheries

Robelto Hector and Cedric Liburd

Robelto Hector (L) and Cedric Liburd

Charlestown, Nevis
July 14, 2008

Minister with responsibility for Lands and Housing, Agriculture, Fisheries and Cooperatives Hon. Robelto Hector hosted his Federal colleague Minister Hon. Cedric Liburd on Nevis on July 11, 2008, to discuss matters related to a proposed fishing complex in Charlestown to be funded by the government of Japan.

In an interview with the Department of Information at the proposed site of the complex, Mr. Hector pointed to it’s benifit to Nevis and cited that the million dollar project had received the blessings of the Federal government.

“We [Nevis] have worked close particularly on this project. We know the benefits of the project to Nevis in terms of enhancing the fishing industry in terms of making sure that our resources are managed in that sustainable way.  Mr. Liburd I welcome you and I thank you so much for the opportunity to come and have a site visit of what is proposed, as your blessing is very important to see the project to its fruition.”

“With regard to the overall satisfaction of the project, it is important for all of us in terms of the consumption of fish as a protein in our diet”¦For the fishermen themselves it is an opportunity for them to increase their catch, it is an opportunity for them to make more money from fishing, it is an opportunity for them to expand their business,” he said.

The Minister explained that the proposed complex would entail a main two storey building which would be outfitted with lockers and storage space for implements and fish and a cistern system which would provide an adequate water supply to support the complex.

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Nevis Government Serious About Fisheries

Mr. Pearlivan Wilkin

Mr. Pearlivan Wilkin

Charlestown, Nevis
May 20, 2008

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Lands Housing Cooperatives and Fisheries on Nevis Mr. Pearlivan Wilkin, said that the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) was serious about fisheries and the role it played in the island’s food security.
He made the comment during a ceremony hosted by the Fisheries Department, to mark the start of a three-day Socio-Economic Monitoring (SocMon) workshop at the Red Cross conference room on May 20, 2008.
The workshop was held for fisheries management stakeholders to learn how to develop and implement socio economic monitoring programmes for strategically selected sites through the use of SocMon Caribbean methods.
Mr. Wilkin said the NIA was mindful of the many health benefits that could be derived from the consumption of fish, and had invested in projects to assist fishers on the island.

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