Thursday 14 November, 2019

Fisheries community lauded at International Fisherman’s Day Symposium

Minister Audley Shaw fielding questions from fishing community members during the International Fisherman's Day Symposium at the Cardiff Hall Hotel last Friday. Also pictured are (from left) Andre Kong, Director of the Fisheries Division, Havelan Honeyghan, Chairman of the Fishermen Cooperative Credit Union, Verona Carter, VP of Public Affairs at New Fortress Energy, and Ingrid Parchment, Executor for Caribbean Coastal Area Management  Foundation.

Minister Audley Shaw fielding questions from fishing community members during the International Fisherman's Day Symposium at the Cardiff Hall Hotel last Friday. Also pictured are (from left) Andre Kong, Director of the Fisheries Division, Havelan Honeyghan, Chairman of the Fishermen Cooperative Credit Union, Verona Carter, VP of Public Affairs at New Fortress Energy, and Ingrid Parchment, Executor for Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation.

With more than 200 fishers from over 11 fishing beaches across Jamaica gathered for the symposium for International Fisherman’s Day, headline sponsor, New Fortress Energy (NFE), joined the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation in lauding the hardworking men and women of the fishing community for their significant contribution to Jamaica’s economic and social development.

Audley Shaw, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, during his keynote address said; “The fisheries sector continues to be a major means of livelihood for thousands of hardworking Jamaicans and contributes significantly to economic growth while playing an important role in ensuring the availability of nutritious, affordable and accessible source of food. I am thrilled that New Fortress Energy is supporting and honouring Jamaica’s fisheries community.

“The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is committed to the sustainable development of our fishing community so you can continue to feed your families, Jamaica and the region for years to come,” he added.

New Fortress Energy (NFE), a global leader in the development of clean and sustainable energy infrastructure, signed a three-year partnership with the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation, became the headline sponsor and has contributed $790,000 for the upcoming International Fisherman’s Day 2018. 

Executive Director for C-CAM, Ingrid Parchment, said; “The fishing community has been engaged in a series of meaningful discussions over the past few days around environmental conservation, boat engine care and importantly at-sea security, especially with us being in the middle of the hurricane season. We want to thank New Fortress Energy, our headline sponsor for their generous donation along with Food for the Poor, Jamaica Fisherman’s Co-operative and the Fisheries Division for keeping this all-important symposium alive and ultimately, our fishing industry.”

Meanwhile, Verona Carter, Vice President, Public Affairs for NFE added that the company was delighted to partner with C-CAM and the fisheries sector. 

"C-CAM is doing outstanding work to support the fishing community and protect our coastal habitats. New Fortress Energy values the hard work, passion and stellar contribution of our fishermen and are pleased to support sustainable economic development and the environment,” Carter said.

Now in its nineteenth year, the symposium is being hosted by C-CAM under the theme, 'Securing Sustainable Fisheries to Ensure Food Security and Poverty Alleviation'. The week’s activities kicked off with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 24th June 2018 at the St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Bull Bay followed by a week-long itinerary that culminated with the symposium at the Cardiff Hall Hotel & Spa in Runaway Bay on Friday 29th June.

The annual international observation is designed to support the development and conservation of the fishing industry by recognizing the contribution of fisherfolk, strengthen linkages between fishing communities, vendors, processors, government and non-government agencies and other stakeholders while promoting the developments, changes and opportunities within the sector.

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