By Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The re-opening of the Basseterre Fisheries Complex set earlier for Friday (November 20) has been postponed to a date to be announced according to the St. Kitts Nevis Information Service.
The re-opening of the Complex was reportedly tagged among activities earmarked to observe World Fisheries Day celebrations on Saturday (November 21).
In an effort to gain clarification as to why the re-opening was postponed after news of the postponement broke, WINN contacted Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Marine Resources, Mr. Ron Dublin –Collins, Tuesday afternoon (November 17) and he stated that they were waiting for the reports on the investigation to return. They will first have a look at the report before announcing the date for reopening which may be next week (Week of November 22).
Listen here to his statement:
On November 2, a press release from the Ministry stated that it was investigating reports of fish poisoning in St Kitts, particularly at the Basseterre Fisheries Complex. In this regard the ministry suspended its fresh fish program until the source of the alleged poisoning was discovered.
It added that all the necessary steps to address the reports were being taken including the removal of all fish from the complex and the sanitization of the facility.
World Fisheries Day celebrates the contribution of small scale fisherfolk to food, nutrition, and the income security of millions of people around the world.