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New Fortress Energy lauds fisherfolk

Monday, July 02, 2018

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New Fortress Energy (NFE) has joined the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (CCAM) Foundation in lauding the hard-working men and women of the fishing community for their significant contribution to Jamaica's economic and social development.

It comes against the background of a gathering of over 200 fishers from 11 fishing beaches across Jamaica, who met at a recent symposium for International Fisherman's Day.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw, during his keynote address, said: “The fisheries sector continues to be a major means of livelihood for thousands of hard-working Jamaicans, and contributes significantly to economic growth while playing an important role in ensuring the availability of [at] nutritious, affordable and accessible source of food. I am thrilled that New Fortress Energy is supporting and honouring Jamaica's fisheries community.”

“The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, is committed to the sustainable development of our fishing community so you can continue to feed your families, Jamaica and the region for years to come,” added Shaw.

New Fortress Energy, a global leader in the development of clean and sustainable energy infrastructure, signed a three-year partnership agreement with the CCAM Foundation, became the headline sponsor, and has contributed $790,000 for the upcoming International Fisherman's Day 2018.

Executive director for CCAM, Ingrid Parchment said: “The fishing community has been engaged in a series of meaningful discussions over the past few days around environmental conservation, boat engine care, and importantly at-sea security, especially with us being in the middle of the hurricane season. We want to thank New Fortress Energy, our headline sponsor, for their generous donation along with Food For The Poor, Jamaica Fisherman's Co-operative, and the Fisheries Division for keeping this all-important symposium alive and ultimately, our fishing industry.”

Vice-president, public affairs for NFE Verona Carter stated: “We are delighted to partner with CCAM and the fisheries sector. CCAM is doing outstanding work to support the fishing community and protect our coastal habitats. New Fortress Energy values the hard work, passion and stellar contribution of our fishermen and are pleased to support sustainable economic development and the environment.”

Now in its 19th year, the symposium is being hosted by CCAM under the theme, 'Securing Sustainable Fisheries to Ensure, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation'. The week's activities kicked off with a thanksgiving service on Sunday, June 24 at St Benedict's Catholic Church in Bull Bay, followed by a week-long itinerary that culminated with the symposium at Cardiff Hall Hotel & Spa in Runaway Bay, last Friday.

The annual international observation is designed to support the development and conservation of the fishing industry by recognising the contribution of fisherfolk; strengthening linkages between fishing communities, vendors, processors, Government and non-government agencies and other stakeholders, while promoting the developments, changes and opportunities within the sector.

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