French Fishing in Dominica’s Waters a Major Problem says Environment Minister

Snap 02014-05-26-17h57m43s214Minister for the Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning & Fisheries, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, has revealed that Dominica is facing a major challenge with illegal fishing activity from the French Islands.

He made the statement while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum on Friday May 23rd 2014.

Dr. Darroux stated, the fisheries resources of the region make a significant contribution to food and nutrition security, generation of income and employment.

According to the Minister, Dominica’s problem with the French, as it relates to illegal fishing has on some occasions escalated to heated proportions, while adding that similar situations occur in the Bahamas and Jamaica.

“There are also scarce resources to implement adequate monitoring and surveillance systems to combat this problem,” he added.

Dr. Darroux said, the Government will be writing to the French Authorities to meet at a technical level.

He asked that they echo the call for greater collaborative efforts to address all of the factors that, contribute to the growing rates of decline in our marine eco-systems, health and fish population.

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