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Jamaica: Fishers get well-needed lifeline

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has rolled out a raft of relief and incentives to commercial, artisanal, inland and ornamental fishers, in a bid to revive the floundering subsectors.

The timing of the support amounting to $128 million is to ensure that the fishers are well equipped to participate in the upcoming season. This does not include the $83 million in COVID-19 grant support to 31 industrial fishers, to include holders of finfish, lobster and conch licences for the 2018 fishing season.

Total fisheries production for 2019 was 13,518.69 metric tonnes with 12,372.24 for marine and 1.146.45 for the aquaculture sectors, respectively. Production decreased marginally for 2020 with marine fisheries accounting for 12,000 metric tonnes and aquaculture netting 906 metric tonnes.

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