Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Oistins Fish Market 'ice troubles' to be fixed; Fisheries on the job

Berinda Cox Fish Market vendors want issues addressed.

Berinda Cox Fish Market vendors want issues addressed.

It is not business as usual for the fisherfolk at the Berinda Cox Fish Market in Oistins as longstanding issues remain unaddressed despite the reopening of the country. 

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According to fish vendors, the ice machine remains in desperate need of repair as well as the chiller which is used to store their fish. Vendors have resorted to boxing their fish or storing them in the freezer at the market. 

During the three months of restrictions and curfews due to COVID-19, the Oistins fisherfolk have faced numerous "ice troubles" with the nearby Wolverine Ice Ltd operating sporadically during the shutdown.

Oistins Fish Market vendor, Paul Doughty revealed that the vendors that felt their plight had been forgotten by authorities. 

"The chiller isn’t working and we have to store all of our fish in the freezer but everyone can’t store as much fish as they want because there would not be enough air to freeze it properly. During the shutdown, we had a lot of ice troubles," Doughty explained.

He lamented:

"When the Bridgetown Market ice machine was not working, they were bringing boxes of ice from down here to transport to Bridgetown so why they don’t transport boxes of ice from Bridgetown market to here and know they have a bigger machine and the machine is working. Why are we always forgotten? . . . .  I find it unfair."

When contacted, officials from the Fisheries Division indicated to Loop News that they have received the parts for the ice machine and repairs for the ice machine and chiller will commence soon. A replacement ice machine has also been sourced for the fish market.

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