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Minister responsible for Fisheries on Nevis Hon. Alexis Jeffers

Less costly fish pot wire now available for Nevisian Fishers, says Fisheries Minister

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (DECEMBER 01, 2015) — Life has been made a little easier for fishers on Nevis now that they have greater access to reasonably-priced fish pot wire.
 
Minister responsible for Fisheries on Nevis Hon. Alexis Jeffers who is also the Chairman of the Nevis Housing and Land Development Corporation (NHLDC), recently announced that a third shipment of wire was available through the corporation. 
 
“We have two different sizes of wire. We have the 5 ft. and also the 6 ft. They are both 100 ft. long. This is the wire that the fishermen would normally buy which are the inch and a half gauge. The 5 ft is at $840 per roll and the 6 ft is available at $900 per roll.
 
“Compare those prices to others on the island, it is almost half the price,” he said.
 
According to Minister Jeffers, providing fish pot wire to fishers on Nevis over the years had been a challenge and the Fisheries Cooperative in Charlestown has not been in a position to financially sustain that type of business.
 
He said the NHLDC became involved to fill the void in the interim till the cooperative can afford to provide the fish pot wire, to ensure there was a supply on island.
 
Mr. Jeffers said as the Minister responsible for Fisheries on Nevis it was incumbent on him to do whatever was necessary to make life easier for the fishers.
 
However, from the NHLDC’s standpoint, Mr. Jeffers said providing the wire did not mean a large profit.
 
“We do not make that much of a profit. Whatever is made is enough to pay for the handling cost and the man power that goes into stocking and selling these fish pot wires.
 
Fish pot wire available at the Nevis Housing and Land Development Corporation at Bath Plain for Nevisian fishers“What I can say though, is the complaints that existed before where persons would have had inferior wire bought in the past, that is no longer the case since we have found a reasonable market and a market where we get quality wire and of course the fishermen can now go and ply their trade without any stress or difficulty in sourcing those wires,” he said.
 
In return, the Fisheries Minister said he expects the fishers to continue fishing and to keep the cost of fish on the Nevisian market down, considering that the price of gasoline is also reasonable.

Fisheries Minister Hon. Alexis Jeffers welcomes team of Japan experts (l-r) Senior Advisor (Civil Engineering) Shinji Sakurai Advisor, Grant Aid Project Management Division 3, Financial Cooperation Implementation Department Hiroyuki Tanaka from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and Senior General Manager and Senior Civil Engineer of ECHO Corporation Hitoshi Takemoto to his office on October 06, 2015

Preliminary study begins for new location of proposed fisheries facility on Nevis

NIA CHARLESTOWN (OCTOBER 13, 2015) — Minister of Fisheries in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Alexis Jeffers, met with a group of consultants from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) headquarters in Japan and ECHO Corporation, on October 06, 2015, who are on the island for one week to commence work on a feasibility study for the proposed construction of a Community Fisheries Centre at Bath Village.

 
 Their visit to Nevis came on the heels of the recent signing of an agreement between the NIA and JICA, to amend the grant agreement for the project for development of a Community Fisheries Centre in Charlestown to extend the life of the project.  

Minister responsible of Fisheries Hon. Alexis Jeffers signs an agreement to amend the grant agreement for the project for development of a Community Fisheries Centre in Charlestown at his Charlestown Office while General Manager of the JICA office in the Dominican Republic Morita Tatsuya looks on.

NIA signs amended agreement for Community Fisheries Centre in Bath Village

CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (September 23, 2015) — An agreement to amend the grant agreement for the project for development of a Community Fisheries Centre in Charlestown was signed on September 22, 2015 between the Nevis Island Administration and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) office based in the Dominican Republic to extend the life of the project.

Minister responsible of Fisheries Hon. Alexis Jeffers signed the agreement at his Charlestown office in the presence of General Manager of the JICA office in the Dominican Republic Morita Tatsuya.

In brief remarks Mr. Jeffers described the agreement as a significant and symbolic and one which signals that the fisheries project is in fact alive and well.

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