Vieux-Fort fishermen say foreign vessel is inconveniencing their trade

By Kingsley Emmanuel

(SNO) – The docking of a leisure vessel from Barbados at the Vieux-Fort Fishing Port since last Friday, due to engine problems at sea, causes much inconvenience to fisherfolks of Vieux-Fort, who say it also raises certain issues.

The vessel Seareina was towed to the port by a local fishing vessel after it experienced engine problems.

According to one of the two men who were on board the vessel at the time, they were on a fishing expedition when they experienced distress. He added that they are currently trying to repair the engine.

However, according to the concerned fisherfolks, apart from the inconvenience it causes them, it also reminds them of the harrowing experience they encounter when they find themselves in Barbados under similar circumstances.

One fisherman recalled that once his boat encountered engine problems at sea and he found himself in Barbados, where he was treated like a criminal.

“We had to sleep on the hard floor in the cell and they would not allow a phone call,” the fisherman told this reporter.

A number of fishermen said they have had similar experiences in Barbados and St. Vincent after their boats encountered engine problems at sea.

“The always treat us like drug dealers,” another fisherman said, adding that in St. Lucia, they are treated with respect.

As it relates to the inconvenience the fishing vessels causes them, they say it is in their landing area where they load and unload fishes and other materials.

The Fisheries Department was reportedly only made aware of the situation today, Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

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7 comments

  1. St. Lucians don't treat each other well neither locally nor abroad. The constant defamation of each other serves as a precursor of how other countries treat our nationals. If you constantly fighting down your own other will take advantage of that weakness. All Jamaicans stood together in their case about Barbadians and they won, now the Bajans respect them.

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  2. New Testament Verse of the Day:

    That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

    –Hebrews 9:15

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  3. Maybe our fair treatment of these Barbadians will lead to better treatment of our citizens by the Barbadians in the future. Two wrongs don't make a right.

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  4. Went out on Friday late afternoon when we got in at 1 am the boat was tied up in the launch pad so was unable to pull out our vessel the police was on shore along with the fishermen and was hesitant to have it removed until we started to make noise about it, it’s in a very bad location and inconvenience both the fishermen and anyone esle who utilized the launch pad the guys where surrounded by cops like they where criminals for true

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  5. Barbados is looking out for their citizen , but st.lucia don't seem to care about their,all they see is money.

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    • i telling you they dont care about none of us but before they start seeing you doing well and excelling in life in sport or what ever they quick to come and say oh this person is a saint lucian and all kind of crap

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