Samuda targeting new lobster regime for 2017/2018 season
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, says the Ministry is committed to the implementation of a new lobster regime for the 2017/ 2018 lobster season.
The lobster regime, which was created with the participation of industry stakeholders, will outline steps for the granting of lobster licenses and should be completed by October for implementation early next year.
"This process will be equitable, with due consideration to the management of the resource in a sustainable way. It will allow for new entrants, but will also support current investors," said Minister Samuda at a fisheries industry retreat in St James on Friday.
The regime will also encourage greater investment in the acquisition of more boats, as well as marketing and research and development and will ensure that more jobs are created in the sector, Minister Samuda outlined.
Minister Samuda pointed out that the new regime would not place artisanal fisher folk at a disadvantage and pledged continued support of the MSME sector with the convening of regular meetings to ensure that they are well represented.