Local fish still safe says BARNUFO

Barbadians need not lose confidence in the fishing industry, despite the recent dumping of unfit fish at two markets.

President of the Barbados National Union of Fisherfolk Organisations, Vernell Nicholls, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon the dumping involved only one vendor at the Berinda Cox Fish Market at Oistins, Christ Church and two at the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex.

“It was an unfortunate incident, but did not represent the majority of fisherfolk in the industry. The health inspectors did what they had to do. I had a meeting with them and we are looking at upgrading training in standards,” Nicholls explained.

She agreed on the need for a continuing monitoring and inspection of fish, adding that BARNUFO intended to work with officers on maintaining high standards for the sake of the consuming public.

“One of the things I asked them to do, is more inspections,” declared the fisherfolk spokesperson.

Nicholls said too she would shortly be conducting training sessions in fish boning for workers in the industry. The president revealed as well that the organisation would be taking the business of the industry to the school system.

On Wednesday she will lead a team to the St. George Secondary School for a careers showcase.

“We will be talking to the students about net mending and other aspects of the industry. I will be taking vendors and fishermen with me. It will be an all-day affair,” noted Nicholls.

The BARNUFO leader also revealed that she would soon be meeting with Barbados’ CARICOM Ambassador, Robert “Bobby” Morris regarding the protocol for the proposed fishing agreement between this country and Trinidad and Tobago. (EJ)

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