– 13 October, 2017: A newly upgraded fish landing station (FLS), equipped with necessary amenities and facilities to the fishermen community, was inaugurated yesterday in Albion by the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Premdut Koonjoo.
In his address, Minister Koonjoo pointed out that the Albion FLS has been upgraded to cater for registered fishermen of the region to safeguard their equipment in a secure and clean storage area.
The station provides a conducive environment for Officers of the Fisheries Protection Service (FPS) to perform their daily duties efficiently as well as monitor the fishing activities and collect data following the catch made by fishermen, he said.
Moreover, Mr Koonjoo enumerated various schemes that have been introduced to assist the community of fishermen to transform their catch into value-added fish products. They are amongst others: acquisition of semi-industrial vessels for fishermen cooperative societies; and provision of floating cages to increase fish production. He appealed for the optimum use of ocean, sea and marine resources in a sustainable manner for aquaculture and marina development.
The Minister also announced that activities relating to octopus fishing will resume on 16 October 2017 after a two-month closure. This lapse of time contributes to the increase of octopuses in the sea, and the re-opening of the fishing season will thus be beneficial for the community of fishermen.
The Fisheries Protection Service
Set up in 1947, the core activities of the FPS are to: regulate fishing activities and enforcement of the provisions of the Fisheries and Marine Resources Act of 2007; protect and conserve the marine ecosystem; control fish/fish products at Fish Landing Stations, fishing ports/sale points; monitor, control and conduct surveillance in the maritime zones and outer islands; and proceed with the prosecution of fisheries cases before court, amongst others.
The Fisheries Protection Officers are deployed around the island in the 14 Fisheries posts and marine parks as well as in Agalega.
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