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St Lucia fishers meet PM amid uproar over suspension of their licenses November 04,2020   |  Source: St Lucia Times

A group of fishers travelled from the South of Saint Lucia Monday for an audience with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, to discuss the temporary suspension of their licenses.

A Statutory Instrument published in the Official Gazette on Friday, October 30, 2020, essentially restricts local fishermen from leaving port for seven days, from Monday, November 2 to Sunday, November 8, 2020.

The government implemented the measure for border-control reasons related to COVID 19, specifically to prevent persons entering Saint Lucia from Martinique which is currently in lockdown mode.

Fishers told reporters that the move by the government has caused an uproar in the fishing industry.

Kurthany Cherry explained that on learning of the Statutory Instrument prohibiting fishers from leaving any designated port, there was much anxiety in the fishing community.

“We journeyed down to Castries this morning to see who we could have met. Luckily we did get an audience with the Honourable Prime Minister,” the spokesman for the group of fishers explained.

He said the delegation of fishers met the PM for about 40 minutes to explain their concerns.

Cherry said in turn, Chastanet explained the concerns of the government, the medical fraternity and the police.

According to Cherry,

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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