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Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, has urged persons in the fishing industry to ensure that their activities contribute to the sector’s sustainability.
Addressing the launch of the 13th South Coast Fishing Tournament, at the Sunset Resort Villa, in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, on September 25, the Minister pointed out that the sector provides a living for a large number of persons.
“While we enjoy the natural environment for pleasure, and for business, we have to do so in a way that is sustainable… not just as the current generation, but we [must] preserve it for generations to come,” he told the audience.
Dr. Tufton said the tournament, which attracted over 100 fishermen last year, will involve communities in and around the Treasure Beach area, and persons involved in marine activity.
“Community spirit exists around these communities, the people are independent and the fishing tournament is part and parcel of the uniqueness of this environment,” the Minister said.
The ‘Hook ‘n’ Line’ fishing tournament will last from October 17 to 19. Many residents of the surrounding communities and visitors to the island attend the event each year.
Major sponsors this year are Tank Weld Limited, and Rainforest Food. The event is jointly organised by the BREDS Foundation, a Treasure Beach charity group, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

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