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The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will be working with residents of fishing villages, in some parishes, to assist in the implementation of Fishermen Regattas and Seafood Festivals.
Fishermen Regatta, a fishing craft competition, was among several events organised by the JCDC, as part of activities marking Independence celebrations in St. Mary.
Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank session, recently, at the Agency’s Half-Way-Tree Road head office, Kingston, Executive Director of the JCDC, Delroy Gordon, said the Commission has received “overtures” from persons at the Rocky Point and Treasure Beach fishing villages, in Clarendon and St. Elizabeth, respectively, which are major seafood areas in Jamaica.
“We have had meetings with them, and they are looking at planning New Year’s Day events that they want us to assist them in expanding,” he said.
Mr. Gordon said the St. Mary’s Fishermen’s Regatta, held over the past four decades, continues to grow tremendously.
“This year we had close to 10,000 persons, and it is one of those events which you do not need to promote. There are persons who plan their vacation just to coincide with that, and each year that event is staged on the Wednesday following Independence Day,” he said.
According to Mr. Gordon, the event, which was started by fisherfolk, has become more “structured” with assistance from the JCDC.
He said that he was also pleased with the success of the second staging of the Crab and Seafood Festival at the Vere Technical High School, Hayes, Clarendon, during the Independence celebrations.
The event, which was held for the first time in July 2008, was organised by the Lionel Town Zone Committee in collaboration with the JCDC.

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