The Victoria Fish Market has benefited from upgrading and refurbishment to the value of $180,000.
The upgraded facility was handed over to the Parliamentary Representative for the Constituency of St Mark, Hon. Clarice Modeste and the fisher folks last Thursday.
From September 2015 – March 2017, the fisher folks of Victoria had been displaced without a proper facility to sell or house their daily catch, due to the extensive renovation work being done on the fish market.
The upgrade was necessary because of general deterioration of the building including leaks; electrical challenges and an outdated freezer room, which gave rise to daily spoilage of fish.
The objective was making the building a better environment for the operators and patrons, thereby encouraging enhancement and compliance to better food safety standards.
The result is an upgraded freezer room, installation of a brand new ice machine, new roof, powerful back sea defense aimed at reducing the damage of high waves to the building, new washroom facilities, and more office space.
The Victoria Fish Market is now fully functional with all the necessary equipment, which is expected to enhance opportunities for the fishermen and the Parish of St Mark.
The Parliamentary Representative focused on what the improved facility means to the fishermen and people of St Mark and by extension for the country. She encouraged the fishermen to take advantage of the economic opportunities and the potential of the fish market.
Fisheries Minister Alvin Dabreo said with the newly refurbished fish market, he hopes to see improvement in both the quantity and quality of fish landing in Victoria. He said a jetty would soon to be constructed.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs Merinna Jessamy spoke on the behalf of Sen. Yolande Bain-Horsford.
“It is time that we venture into our own processing of the fish we catch and the ministry, therefore, urges both fisher folks and investors to begin looking at new ways to prepare and market our seafood products”.