Friday, April 12, 2024

BARVEN, fish markets close early

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Earlier today, customers and vendors in the Barbados Association of Retailers Vendors and Entrepreneurs (BARVEN) market on the Mighty Grynner Highway braved the cloud of ash which hung heavily across the island.

Head of BARVEN Alistair Alexander said they had a duty to supply Barbadians with food and that is what they came out to do. He added they would not be out for as long as customary, given the waning visibility.

At the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex on Princess Alice Highway, vendors were busily trying to sell fish to last minute customers over the fence, as the guards closed the gate stopping people from entering.

Fisherfolk leaving the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex which closed early on Saturday. (Picture by Reco Moore)

A release from the Barbados Government Information Service and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy advised that all fish markets across the island were closed for the remainder of today.

“The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy is taking this action in response to advisories issued by the Barbados Meteorological Services about the volcanic ash fall from the erupting La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and to minimise adverse effects on users of the markets,” the release read. (RA)

Paynes Bay Fish Market (Picture by Reco Moore)

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