Focus on fisheries
The party’s manifesto, released tonight to a large crowd in West Terrace, St. James, stated that fisheries and tourism were two of the areas being concentrated on to boost food production and lessen the food import bill.
As such, the document said that the fishing industry could play a greater role in the country’s economic development.
It noted that a re-elected DLP would “use the abandoned landfill at Greenland to expand fish farming in shrimp, tilapia and other species of fish.”
The 56-page printed manifesto, also suggested that more dialogue would occur with organisations and other individuals representing the industry.
It promised to “provide for the participation of the national fisherfolk organisation in planning for fisheries development”, and to “consult with the national fisherfolk representatives concerning the updating of the 1993 Fisheries Act and Regulations”.
Resources allocated to fisheries research and development would be increased and taxes or other compulsory payments for the operation of fishing vessels would be reduced, the manifesto stated.
There are plans to facilitate the expansion of deep sea fishing to increase the harvest of additional species of fish, and to improve fish marketing to international standards. (LB)