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