“Knowledge is power. So, let us use the information that was passed on to us, to better ourselves and intern better our livelihoods. Fishing!”
Those were the words uttered by President of the Mayreau Explorers Fishers Corp, Philman Ollivierre during a closing ceremony on Saturday, August 12 for a recently conducted Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HCCP)
The training, which was conducted by Sustainable Grenadines (SusGren) catered for fishers in the Grenadines Bank, more specifically, Union Island and Mayreau.
The July 26-27 training focused on the potential effects of harvesting and handling of products, on board vessel handling activities on the safety and suitability of fish, shellfish and their products to be considered at all times.
Ms. Alisa Martin and Cylena Andrews from the Fisheries Division within the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Rural Transformation, St Vincent and the Grenadines facilitated to two-day workshop.
The eighteen participants were on Saturday presented their certificates, as well as ice coolers to be used during their daily fishing activities.
“We are deeply grateful to SusGren, TNC and USAID for giving us this opportunity and we must now demonstrate what we have learnt by practising it,” said Mathew Harvey, Executive Member of the Union Island Fisherfolk Cooperative.
Fisheries Coordinator, Audwin Andrews commended to fishermen for taking time from their daily routine to attend the training.
“By missing those two days of fishing, demonstrates your commitment towards developing your selves and intern our fishing industry. I implore you to, as the saying goes, ‘put into practice what you have learnt.”
“Following the training, I know each one of you now has a better understanding of the best food handling practice. Now able to apply food safety controls to achieve high standards, know how to prevent cross contamination, understood the principles of a food safety management system, understood the importance of personal hygiene and importantly, be able to keep your boats clean and hygienic,” Andrews added.
Funding for the training was provided by USAID as part of the Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (CMBP), led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC)