Fishing Industry described as "Fastest Growing Economic Sector"
Rose Marie Harris
Lansiquot believes that despite continued effort at
sustainable development there are a number of challenges facing that sector. “As
a small island developing state with a small economy, our technical, human and
financial resources are often limited. Hence, while programmes such as fisheries
research are undertaken to facilitate improved fishing methods, increased stocks
and appropriate decision making, they are often limited by these constraints.
Further non compliance to existing rules and regulations weakens the ability of
the sector to develop sustainable and consequently jeopardises livelihoods.
Another challenge facing the industry is that of organisation and the
empowerment of the fisher folks to run the affairs of the sector. The various
cooperatives and groups must redouble the effort at bringing fishers together
with a view to reducing cost of operation, making provision for maintaining the
infrastructure at the various landing sites. The need to improve efficiency in
all aspects of the business of fishing is crucial, as more and more the
traditional forms of assistance that we give the agricultural sector gets
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