ADVENTURE ANTIGUA TOURS

NEWS AND SPECIALS

Back to Adventure Antigua Tours

FISHERIES MINISTER STILL NOT READY TO SIGN NEW REGULATIONS
Sunday 30th September 2012

Brother B (hilson baptiste), Minister of Fisheries has to be joking!

After years of complaining about the lack of action seen with regard to enacting new fisheries regulations, The Antigua Conservations Society started an online petition (seen here) to request help from the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer. The news of this petition spread like fire and within a few days the Minister of Fisheries said that he would sign the regulations after more consultations. This was met with mixed feelings by the ACS for two reasons. 1) The Fisheries Act which was passed years before after a monumental amount of consultations with fishers and stakeholders provided regulations which were sitting at the minister's desk for years. It seemed to be a time wasting effort to have the same process done once again ignoring all the data that had been collected already which resulted in the very same regulations still sitting on his desk. 2) It was also felt that these consultations were just another in a long series of games played by the Fisheries Minister in an effort to make sure that the new act wasn't past. How would these new consultations be designed to get a different outcome?

Well the new rounds of lengthy consultations earlier this summer were managed by the Chief Fisheries officer and her team both here in Antigua and in Barbuda. Hundreds of hours or work eventually culminated months later in a new set of regulations which finally were sent to the minister for him to sign late last week. Today, a reporter asked Minister Baptiste when the regulations which were given to him by his Chief Fisheries officer were going to be signed. His reply was astonishing! He said that before he signs, there needs to be more consultations. Once again the work and effort done by the fisher folk of Antigua and Barbuda together with the Fisheries Department isn't good enough? Who is he going to consult with now? The Japanese? There doesn't need to be any consultations at all just a signature which will see a slight change in the way our marine resources are managed so that they may be there for generations to come. Too bad for them!

There you have it ladies and gentlemen. Our marine resources are being rapidly depleted and our Minister continues to stall much needed protection measures. It's time for a change and not just in terms of regulations!!!

Reproduced from blog post dated September 17, 2012 by Eli Fuller of Adventure Antigua: http://www.adventureantigua.com.
Blog post from Eli's Blogspot:  http://www.adventureantigua.com/category/blog/.


Click here for all News and Specials for Adventure Antigua Tours

 
connect with antiguanice.com
FacebookTwitterYoutubeNewsletterRSS

contact


NAME: Adventure Antigua
TEL: +1 (268) 726 - 6355
CELL: +1 (268) 764 - 5256
EMAIL: info@adventureantigua.com
READ OUR: Blog
FIND US ON: Facebook Twitter Flickr, Tripadvisor
LOCATION: 3 View Map
PAYMENT METHODS: VISA, Mastercard, Cash
WEBSITE: Click here

news and specials

EXPLORE WITH A VACCINATED CREW

Thursday 9th September 2021
Majority of the crew at Adventure Antigua so far have had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. ...
Read More

CRUISE ON ISLAND TIME HALF DAY TOURS

Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Mask Up and spend a half day out on the water with Adventure Antigua. ...
Read More

SECLUSION CHARTERS WITH ADVENTURE ANTIGUA

Tuesday 26th January 2021
Along with their famed Xtreme and Eco Tours, Adventure Antigua brings private luxury to their excurs...
Read More

ADVENTURE ANTIGUA TOURS

Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Adventure Antigua are offering exceptional excursions exploring Antigua's coast and hidden gems. ...
Read More

NEW LUXURY PRIVATE CHARTER BOAT

Tuesday 4th June 2019
Adventure Antigua has added a new boat to their fleet, offering luxury private day charters for up t...
Read More

All News Stories and Specials


photo gallery
To view more photos of Adventure Antigua Eco Tours click here View Image Gallery

video
A private tour of Barbuda



Watching whales in Barbuda


Collection of images mostly of Antigua and a few others from the greater Caribbean which all have in Adventure Antigua in common. Enjoy