GIS - Apr 13, 2012: The Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Louis Joseph Von-Mally, proceeded yesterday with the inauguration of a new fisheries post at Trou aux Biches. Constructed to the tune of Rs 4.9 millions, this facility will cater for some 186 fishermen of the regions of Grand Baie, Pointe aux Piments, Pointe aux Cannoniers and Trou aux Biches.
In his speech at the inauguration ceremony, Minister Von-Mally said that for sanitary and security reasons the old fisheries post was pulled down and replaced by a modern one which provides sufficient office accommodation to enable the officers of the Fisheries Protection Service (FPS) to carry out their daily duties efficiently.
According to the Minister, the fisheries post, which is located near the Trou aux Biches public beach has direct access to the sea, will under one roof provide numerous services to facilitate the work of fishermen and to attend to queries of the public.
A fisheries post, which operates round the clock, is a place where information sharing takes place between the fishermen and the FPS Officers on the different aspects of fisheries. It also acts as a link between the fishermen community and the Ministry. The main functions of a fisheries post are amongst others, to apply the provisions of the Fisheries and Marine Resources Act for the sustainable exploitation of the fishery resources and to enforce legislations to combat illegal fishing.
Officers posted at a fisheries post have the responsibility to monitor fishing activities and collect statistics for management purposes as well as ensure safe marketing of fish and fish products at landing stations and other points of sale. Furthermore, the FPS at the fisheries post looks after the registration of fishermen and fishing boats and the issue and renewal of licences of fishing gears. It also sensitises the fishermen community on good fishing practices and the protection of the marine environment.
In 2011, the FPS carried out a total of 5 792 patrols. During these operations, illegal nets, spear guns and underwater fishing equipment were seized.
The Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr. Satya Veyash Faugoo, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Satyaprakash Ritoo, and other eminent personalities were also present at the inauguration ceremony.