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Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has endorsed the South Coast Fishing Tournament, to be held at Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth, from October 18 to 20.
The Minister, who was speaking at the launch of the event on October 3, at the Sunset Resort in Treasure Beach, said fishing is an economic activity that is critical to the sustenance of many families, and the tournament is worth supporting.
“Events that promote a recognition of the fisheries sector, that promote elements of best practices in the sector, are events worth supporting. They help to bring communities together, and that is critical, if we are to build better societies and better communities. It is important that we understand the challenges that we face, as more often than not, they are not different. We can learn from each other as to how to solve them, and how to address the critical concerns,” he said.
Dr. Tufton pointed out that many challenges that communities face could be solved right there in the communities. “There needs to be a forum to bring people together, and events such as the tournament, do just that. It brings a cross section of persons with similar interests together, in a competitive way, with rules of engagement that are progressive and not destructive, and that is a positive thing, and we must encourage it,” the Minister argued.
The tournament is an annual charity event put on by the BREDS Foundation, a volunteer group based in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth.