Fish handling concerns to be tackled

The recent controversy surrounding the handling of fish at public markets in Barbados, is among a series of critical issues impacting on the industry that will be addressed next Wednesday by a panel of experts.

Quality Control Officer at the Bridgetown Public Market, Michelle Wiggins, is one of the prominent resource persons who will tackle the topic “Fish Handling and Quality Control” during a fisheries forum on June 26 at the Training Room of the Fisheries Division, beginning at 5 p.m.

The forum is part of Fisherman’s Week, which runs from June 23 to 28. President of the Barbados National Union of Fisherfolk Organisations, Vernel Nicholls, is urging consumers to attend the forum to find out what they should look for regarding fish handling and quality control.

Other important issues to be examined include Coastal Risk Assessment and Management, Risk Management in the Fisheries Sector, the Ecosystem-Based Approach to Fisheries and Sub- Regional Fisheries Management Plan for Flying Fish in the Eastern Caribbean and Promoting Fuel Savings for Small Fishing Vessels.

This year, the “week” will last just three days, starting with a thanksgiving service at St. Mary’s Anglican Church and climaxing on June 28 with a celebration at Conset Bay Fish Market starting at 4:30 p.m. (EJ)

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