Fishermen’s Day celebrated June 24

ANGUILLA–On Saturday, June 24, Fishermen’s Day was celebrated in Anguilla with the theme “The Future of Anguilla is in the Hands of the Fishers.” The celebration included awards to fishers, safety equipment presentation, the sale of fish dishes, a bingo and string band music.

Permanent Secretary Karim Hodge thanked the fishermen for their contribution to the economy of the island noting that fishing has influenced economic development and still needs to be a leading driver. He highlighted recent advancements in fishing skills and the need to use wise practices to ensure long term fishing. He also urged the fishermen to use safety procedures at all times.

Roberta Campbell from the Nutrition and Health Promotion Unit said that fish consumption is very important and can assist in fighting disease. She said that fish should be consumed by all ages and it should be made a good habit from young.

Six retired fishermen were honoured for the part they have played in the fishing industry over the years. They were James Gumbs, David Brooks, Lionel Lloyd, Stephen Hughes, Clifford Webster and Samuel Hodge. A description of their lives as fishermen was read by Roland Hodge and Othlyn Vanterpool and each received a plaque and a basket of fruit.

The Fishermen of the Year award was won by Wayne John of Island Harbour. The award was based on data received by the Fisheries Department including total catch and other information, it also took into account sustainable practices, honesty, integrity, popularity and good fishing practices. The award has been sponsored by the Anguilla Development Board for the past five years and was presented to John by Althea Hodge.

The Social Security Board presented navigational lights to the Department of Fisheries. Deputy Director Stuart Wynne said that they will be placed at Windward Point, Anguillita Island, Island Harbour and Forest Bay after discussions with the fishermen for the best locations.

Minister of Infrastructure Curtis Richardson, who has responsibility for Fisheries, thanked Social Security for the lights as well as Director Kafi Gumbs and her team for organising the Fishermen’s Day activities. He said the navigational lights are important in making it safer for fishermen.

Director of Social Security Timothy Hodge, said that fishing is a dangerous occupation and everyone must be very careful. He said that Social Security is pleased to have financed the lights that are an addition to lights that they previously purchased.

The lights were presented by Miss Social Security Deanne Rogers to members of the Fisheries Department.

Source: The Daily Herald