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Ministry: All fish markets, sheds closed February 3 to 17

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All fish markets, fish landing sites, sheds and Government-run locations used to supply or trade in fish, will be closed February 3 to February 17 as a result of the “national pause” to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, in a statement today, advised operators of fishing vessels to return to port as soon as possible before the national pause to facilitate the sale of their catch.

“Vessel owners and operators are asked to note that no personnel will be at the markets to receive, purchase or process fish from February 3 to February 17,” the statement noted.

“The closure of the market is a necessary step to help in the fight against COVID in Barbados. It is a measure put in place to protect the staff, fishermen, vendors and general public. Of course, we will continue to work with the fisherfolk during the national pause,” Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey said.

“Crews returning to home port are asked to note that if persons on board feel unwell, have a fever, cough, experience any difficulty in breathing or any COVID-related symptoms, that they should separate themselves from the other crew, self-quarantine, and call the COVID-19 hotline at 536-4500 or otherwise seek medical attention.”

Fishing vessels should stay in port during the national pause. Only designated people will be allowed to check on them during the pause.

Owners or registered caretakers of fishing vessels should submit the names of the designated people to the Fisheries Division via fisheries.division@barbados.gov.bb.

Additionally, inspections of fishing vessels due in January and February, because of expiration of their inspection certificates/decals, will be rescheduled and people notified. The Barbados Coast Guard will be made aware of vessels awaiting certification.

The ministry also said deposit and collection of documents at the Fisheries Division closes at midday on February 2. (PR)

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