Fish­ing Com­mu­ni­ties of Praslin and Sa­vannes Bay to ben­e­fit from New Jet­ties

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Min­istries of In­fra­struc­ture and Agri­cul­ture are team­ing up to bring to an end the trou­bles of fish­er­men of two lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties which de­pend heav­ily on fish­ing for sur­vival, with the con­struc­tion of a jetty in each com­mu­nity.

The com­mu­nity of Praslin presently has two tim­ber jet­ties, built by fish­er­men of the area, but both are in a ter­ri­ble state of dis­re­pair; and in the com­mu­nity of Sa­vannes Bay there are no jet­ties. The Fish­er­men In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment in Praslin and Sa­vannes Bay Project, as it’s be­ing termed, is spear­headed by the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture but the con­struc­tion of the two jet­ties will be su­per­vised by the Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture.

Cog­nizant of the fish­ing and touris­tic po­ten­tial of Praslin and Sa­vannes Bay, gov­ern­ment sought fund­ing from the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) to un­der­take the project with a view to stim­u­lat­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and thus im­prov­ing the lives of the peo­ple of the two com­mu­ni­ties. It is also hoped that the project will en­cour­age more fish­er­men of the two com­mu­ni­ties to ac­quire larger fish­ing ves­sels to im­prove and en­hance their fish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and also stim­u­late their pos­si­ble en­try into her­itage tourism tours.

All rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, fish­er­men from the two com­mu­ni­ties, The Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Trust and con­stituency coun­cils were en­gaged in con­sul­ta­tion in or­der to come up with the most suit­able de­sign and lo­ca­tion of the struc­tures. The en­tire project comes at a cost of EC $1,000,000 and will in­cor­po­rate the erec­tion of two tim­ber T-Jet­ties with con­crete abut­ments.

The Tai­wanese Em­bassy has al­ready handed over to gov­ern­ment most of the funds nec­es­sary to un­der­take the project and was ex­pected to hand over the bal­ance of funds at one of two cer­e­monies to break ground for the project, Thurs­day Jan­uary 22nd, 2015.

The Praslin Jetty: One of two jet­ties to re­ceive a long over­due new look.

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