PRESS RELEASE – Following the completion of two modern fishing jetties at Savannes Bay and Praslin, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Cooperatives and Rural Development and the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport are working together to make conditions even better for fishers who ply their trade at both locations.
On Wednesday, 11th May 2016, separate ceremonies will be held in both Savannes Bay and Praslin to mark the official opening of the newly completed jetties. Symbolic sod turning ceremonies will take place at the same time to mark the commencement of construction works for the improvement of supporting infrastructure for the fishers.
The Savannes Bay Ceremony will be addressed by the Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, while both ceremonies will be addressed by the Minister of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Cooperatives and Rural Development Hon. Moses Jn Baptiste, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, Hon. Philip J. Pierre and the Ambassador of the Republic of China on Taiwan, His Excellency Mr. Ray H.W. Mou.
The ministry of agriculture working with the ministry of Infrastructure determined that while the new jetties are a welcome and long overdue upgrade for both Praslin and Savannes Bay, there was also a need to improve other vital on-site facilities for the fishers who ply their trade at both locations and also for the ultimate benefit of consumers. As a result, work has commenced on increasing storage capacity, improving the fish vending stalls and installing toilet and shower facilities to improve the overall hygiene and sanitation of both areas.
The following improvements are being undertaken:
1. Retrofitting locker spaces and adding more roof coverage to allow for net mending (in the case of Savannes Bay, additional locker rooms are being added).
2. Retrofitting fisher stalls to include provision for water and electricity to create a more hygienic atmosphere for the sale of fresh fish.
3. Adding washrooms, equipped with showers, along with male and female toilets and urinals.
4. Resurfacing of roads at both sites to allow for proper circulation of vehicular traffic.