Fishermen prepare for the worst

Boat owners and authorities have wasted no time in ensuring that vessels were removed from harm’s way well ahead of the passage of Tropical Storm Chantal tonight, as seen here at Consett Bay today.
Boat owners and authorities have wasted no time in ensuring that vessels were removed from harm’s way well ahead of the passage of Tropical Storm Chantal tonight, as seen here at Consett Bay today.

Bad weather always means that those who make their living from the sea have to safeguard their livelihoods.

So this morning, the fisherfolk of Consett Bay, St. John, spent hours trying to bring their boats in from the water, after the island was placed under storm warning due to the passage of Tropical Storm Chantal, the first expected to affect the island since the start of the hurricane season last month.

Some fisherfolk though were a little frustrated at the process today with the youngest fisherman in the Bay, Mario Williams, expressing concern that the lack of equipment to effectively haul boats in meant that it could take doubly long after the passage of the system for things to return to normal.

“It would affect me a little bit because ya never know when these men gine come back to haul it back in. Every time they come they does got problems and if de weather come tonight or tomorrow, it gine tek we a week or so to get it haul back down. So it gine be a little difficult… The flying fish season right now like it going on and on, and as a small fisherman and someone looking for something, you got to make de best of it while it last,” he said.

stormpreparations2013boatsinAnother fisherman noted that a flat tyre on the tractor this morning left them idle for hours with tides rising fast and fishermen fearing that they might not have enough time to bring in all the boats.

He said his plan was to build his own trailer to circumvent having to wait on the Fisheries Division to bring help from the City in the future.

Another fisherman lamented the fact that there were also other challenges related to the lack of an ice machine and when they were unable to sell all their fish on a day like today, it meant they had to give them away for lack of ice to properly store their stock.

An overhaul of the fishing bay was the recommendation of yet another fisherman who said bad weather would tend to show up some of the weaknesses they experience due to lack of proper fishing facilities. (LB)

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