by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Newtown Fishers Co-operative Society hosted its first annual World Food Day Basseterre Fishing Tournament on Sunday, October 16 2022 at the Basseterre Fisheries Complex.
President of the Newtown Fishers Co-operative Society Mr. Craig Tuckett told WINN FM that the tournament was successful and was well supported by patrons from various sections of the community. He added that the participation of fishermen was commendable as the tournament drew regional attention from Montserrat and sister isle, Nevis.
The results of the fishing tournament revealed that Mr. Michael Maynard of Conaree Village placed first for catching the largest yellowfin tuna weighing 50lbs. In second place was Jack Spencer of Old Road who caught a Yellowfin Tuna weighing 38lbs. The largest Wahoo, weighing 31lbs was caught by Arden Bradshaw from Nevis, whilst Jassen Phipps of Dieppe Village placed second for catching a Wahoo weighing 21lbs. The largest Barracuda, weighing 19lbs was caught by Denzil Williams of Ottley’s Village and in second place was Brad Seaman of Frigate Bay whose Barracuda weighed 15lbs. John Lee from Montserrat placed first by catching the largest shark, weighing 118lbs. A total of EC $1,200.00 was awarded to all persons in first place position, whilst EC $600.00 was awarded to the fishers who placed second position. Michael Maynard of Conaree Village caught 94lbs of fish during the tournament, thus declared overall winner and received an additional EC $1,200.00.
Alongside the fishing tournament was a grand raffle. Tuckett said it was the most highly anticipated activity of the day. The 3rd place prize was awarded to Austin Williams of Camps Village St.Kitts. He received EC $3000.00. Erecia Pemberton of Brown Hill Nevis placed second receiving EC $6000.00. The 1st place raffle prize of EC $10,000 was awarded to Derrick Huggins from Taylor’s Village St.Kitts.
According to Tuckett, “the Newtown Fishers Co-operative Society is the largest, oldest and most active cooperative, not only in the fishing community, but also in the Agricultural Sector.” The Newtown Fishers Co-operative Society started in 1973. It currently has 143 registered members and is responsible for the fishers in the jurisdiction of Challengers to Cayon.
Tuckett said the Newtown Fishers Co-operative Society will continue to work hard for the community and all funds raised will go towards the community projects that are being facilitated by the co-operative. The initiatives include “financial support to primary schools in the Basseterre region for the purchase of school supplies or renovation, to give financial support to fisherfolk families who have lost loved ones at sea and also to facilitate the co-operative’s summer camp where children are taught how to swim or how to fish. Tuckett added that the Newtown Fishers Co-operative also buys safety equipment for its members to ensure their safety at sea.