Monday 17th December, 2018-Barbuda is set to resume lobster export as officials forge ahead with plans to regulate the economy post Hurricane Irma.
Councilman Kendra Beazer, Chairman of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Coastal Protection says to date, much has been done to ensure the fisheries sector rebound. Recapping, he noted that to date, the police have re-located from the fisheries building, the Council has waived all fishermen licensing fees for 2018, water has been restored to the processing unit, the ice machine is restored and functional and the processing unit has been painted.
Additionally, he noted the building has been power washed, cleaned and sanitized, records have been brought up to date, air conditioner is working and all other machines are fully operational.
Beazer pointed out that the facility and fishermen boats were inspected on Friday 14 December and the first shipment of lobster since hurricane Irma is scheduled for export on Friday 21 December 2018.
The chairman of the fisheries sector in Barbuda has expressed appreciation to his staff, the Antigua Fisheries Division, the Fisher Folk Association, Fishermen and Barbudans who have been putting in the work to ensure the fishing industry returns to the position it was in before the hurricane hit in 2017.