IMPROVED FISH QUALITY EXPECTED AFTER HACCP TRAINING ON THE ISLAND OF PETITE MARTINIQUE
Written by Deanna Isaac on July 6, 2018
The women who engage in the fishing industry in Carriacou and Petite Martinique have been highly commended for the sacrifices they have been making over the years.
Commendation came from Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and Local Government Hon. Kindra Maturine-Stewart who was speaking at the certification ceremony for fisher folks who participated in a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training on the island of Petite Martinique.
Minister Stewart observed that the 500 acre island can be described as the fishing capital of the tri-island state — therefore any training that can positively impact the sector is welcomed.
Fisheries Officer Junior McDonald, who conducted the training, said that this will aid in increased landings and improve the quality of fish sold to consumers, since HACCP is essential for successful food businesses.
The training was supported through funding by Sustainable Grenadines Inc. (SusGren) and USAID. SusGren Executive Director James Lord said in his remarks that it is important that agencies such as theirs work together with fisher folks to manage the resources of the sea.
As part of the training, the forty -five participants each received an ice cooler.