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Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - Fishers in Choiseul and environs are in line to benefit from improvements to the fish landing facility in the area. On Wednesday, May 28, 2003 representatives of the Department of Fisheries joined other dignitaries for the official handing over ceremony of the facility from the Government of Japan to the Government of St. Lucia.

Chief Fisheries Officer Vaughn Charles says the project has transformed the Choiseul waterfront with the reclamation of just under 40 thousand square feet of land. The multi-million dollar facility comprises a new administrative building, an ice making plant with a capacity of over 1 ton per-day and storage capacity of 2.2 tons, an engine repair room, washrooms and locker rooms facilities, fuel station, postal facilities, a fish market, along with 20 boats as part of the transition from canoes to fibre-glass pirogues. These vessels, equipped with 85 Hp engines, are part of efforts to improve gear and fishing methods, which is hoped will derive in enhanced catches.

“We are hoping that the facility with the provision of ice would ensure that the quality of fish that is landed and subsequently offered for sale will be of a higher quality meeting internationally recognized standards, said Charles. He further explained, “that hotels on the island are now requesting that products they purchase meet either European Community (EU) standards or those that embrace Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) requirements. Therefore the provision of ice would ensure that the quality of fish that is produced from the Choiseul area meets those standards which in turn would translate into top dollars for fishers given the fact that the St. Lucia Marketing Board grades fish based on quality.”

The project cost approximately US$8.2 million and was financed by the Japanese Government. It also includes coastal sea defences (125 meters of breakwater and a 23 meter revetment), 116m of wharf space for docking of fibreglass and other larger vessels and an enclosed slipway and boat yard.

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