The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) will complete the installation of an offshore radio communication system for fishermen and other mariners in Jamaican waters later this year.
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Franklin Witter, said the system aims to improve communication between fishermen, especially on small vessels, and the mainland.
“Fishermen are aware that mobile phones are very difficult at sea and pose many challenges. Therefore, our small ships need better communication. This will allow all anglers from anywhere, [such as] the Pedro Banks, to contact the competent authorities in an emergency or their colleagues to improve business operations,” said Witter.
He further noted that the system will improve border security and help eliminate abusive practices such as illegal fishing.
The Minister of State was speaking at a graduation ceremony for an inaugural maritime safety training program on Thursday September 29 at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).
A total of 35 fishermen across the country have been trained in navigation and seamanship, under a memorandum of understanding between the NFA and CMU, with support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
During the graduation ceremony, the fishermen also received safety equipment and communication devices.
– JIS News