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Revamped fishing complex to store fish for up to one year

- new infrastructure includes flash freezing and vacuum packaging technology
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr Kedrick D. Pickering said the revamped BVI Fishing Complex boasts increased storage capacity as well as new technologies such as flash freezing and vacuum packaging. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith felt that very soon the fruition of the dream or vision of making fishing the third or fourth economic pillar would be realised. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith felt that very soon the fruition of the dream or vision of making fishing the third or fourth economic pillar would be realised. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the BVI Fishing Complex ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience tour. Photo: VINO
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Hon. Kedrick D. Pickering has touted the new improvements of the BVI Fishing Complex as a ‘Quality and Excellence’ experience.

Dr Pickering held a soft launch of the newly revamped BVI Fishing Complex facility at Baughers Bay yesterday, April 23, 2013 that showcased major upgrades and updated packaging methods to members of the public.

In examining the possibility of improving the fishing industry and its potential for improving the overall economy of the Territory, Dr Pickering revealed that he held many discussions with fishermen throughout the Virgin Islands (VI).

Two of the problems he felt were very evident, were the issues of a central storage space for fishermen to take their produce and delayed payments from the Fishing Complex after selling their produce.

He related that a fisherman told him, “If I go out and I bring in 1000 pounds of fish I would be lucky if the Fishing Complex could take 500 pounds from me and that would be a good day.”

Previously, the Natural Resources Minister stated, fishermen often had to wait as much as two weeks before they could be paid for their catch by the Fishing Complex.

“You can well imagine,” he expressed, “if fishing is your livelihood and you have to wait two weeks to get a check, what that does for the economics of your household.”

Fishermen will now be able to drop off their catch at the complex even at midnight, stated Dr Pickering.

He explained that he consulted with numerous persons who possessed the technical expertise necessary to make progress within the industry.

The Deputy Premier acknowledged the yeoman contribution of Captain Kevin Grey in making the revamped Fishing Complex a reality; expertise which he related was provided free of cost.

“It is one step at a time that will get the job done,” Dr Pickering stated while expressing that he did harbour thoughts of commercial fishing becoming a reality within the VI.

According to Dr Pickering, significant investments were made in improving the equipment that is now at the complex. This includes flash freezing as well as vacuum packaging equipment.

Fish can now be caught and stored for extended periods of time with the new equipment and technology in place. “We will be able to store the fish and keep it fresh and you won’t know that that fish was caught last year because it would be as fresh as it was caught yesterday,” Dr Pickering revealed.

He also spoke of the storage improvements at the complex. “We are at least five times the capacity of storage now that we had (at the complex)…,” he disclosed.

“We will maximise the yield potential of the fish at the time when the fish is in our area,” he added.

According to Dr Pickering, given the seasonal nature of some of the fish in VI waters and their migratory patterns, the new improvements were a significant boost for being able to have fish available year round that would only have been previously accessible at one point of the year.

He also talked about the possibility of future exports in the fishing industry given that the current aim is supplying fish to the entire Territory with the new improvements in place.

“We lower our import bill when it comes to fish, which is such an important source of protein…” Dr Pickering noted while stating that the Territory’s food bill would be simultaneously lowered.

He also expressed the wish to build similar facilities on each of the other major islands of Anegada, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda in addition to the one currently on Tortola.

Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith said, “The idea of making fishing contribute more effectively [and] more efficiently to the economic development of this country is something that has been spoken about for a long time.”

He felt that based on what he had seen over the past few months, the issue had been taken into hand and expected that very soon the fruition of the dream or vision of making fishing the third or fourth economic pillar would be realised.

14 Responses to “Revamped fishing complex to store fish for up to one year”

  • kool (24/04/2013, 08:19) Like (15) Dislike (13) Reply
    the cuban is the best of the lot
  • ooooo (24/04/2013, 08:28) Like (16) Dislike (56) Reply
    its about time he start doing something worth-while for the territory
  • I'm Concern (24/04/2013, 08:45) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
    All I eat is Fish and Chicken ans so I am very happy to know that I will not suffer for fish because of the complex having been upgraded. Thank you very much Dr. Pickering.
  • virgin gorda (24/04/2013, 08:51) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
    i like dr. Pickeing because he does not, 'duck and run'
    • cays (24/04/2013, 12:23) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      please that spineless puppet who did not bother to do what was right, rather just did what they were told.

  • . (24/04/2013, 09:39) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
    He dont show-boat like the rest of them
    • yellow (24/04/2013, 16:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      that is why he has earn our respect and he will be left alone
    • @ . (25/04/2013, 05:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Now here is an action man. He should teach Myron a thing or two…do your work quietly and have results to show. Unlike Myron who does nothing and talk too much!!!
  • pat (24/04/2013, 10:17) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is very exciting because it is open to the public and not just commercial establishments.

    A couple of things have to be considered in the back of the mind. If everyone brings in 1000 pounds of fish How much stock is out there? the point is fish nurseries need to be protected in order to provide more fish. That also dovetails into concern about shore development, erosion from poor engineering, oil and gas leakage from unmaintained boats. the supply of fish is not endless. We will have to be aware of numbers, just like lobsters in order to make this whole thing sustainable. Congratulations on a great achievement. I have had fish from there and it was great! maybe those megayachts should be made aware if not already, of the quality and supplies available to them.
  • ausar (25/04/2013, 07:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why would anyone want to eat a year old fish?
  • redstorm@hotmail.com (25/04/2013, 10:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Revamping the fishing industry is good, but I am curious what it entails. I am not seeing the bank giving the young people money to get a boat to go fish. I am seeing the older men getting their fish, but who is teaching the younger ones to fish? yea I hear you! Bank don't give money that easily if at all to buy boat to fish. Doc talk with the bank , there are young men who need to be taught the trade and skills to fish. I gone by the Fisheries to find a few half moon looking Doctor and blue parrot fish. More local fish, more money, more foreign fish, more money you cannot loose.If we are going to sustain ourselves we need food and fish is needed, whether local or foreign.

    What happen to the fish that comes from the Caribbean, try to open that market again, they fish used to sell, two days and fisheries don't have no fish from the caribbean. I suggest we start our own pond fish, let them grow to a palm size and release them in the ocean to grow, when those fish release the young ones not much of them survive, so we have to help in the sustainable developlmen of our country.
  • Vi massive (26/04/2013, 11:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    1year storage so when we put them in the pot the pot covers fly off cause these that we buy now is less than a year storage an as they go in the pot an heat reach them they skin up them old n tuff kmt ayo gain an we the customers lose
  • Marie (27/04/2013, 22:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am happy we now have a working storage facility to hold fish. What bothers me is why do we need a place to hold fish for a year? It seems to me if this project is successful the fish will not be there long enough to store it for so long because people will be so happy to have fresh fish. If we have fish frozen for a year, then they are in the wrong business and would you really buy fish frozen for a year? I also hope they have the best backup system for when the power goes out. Hahaha, I'm just saying.
  • BuzzBvi (29/04/2013, 20:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can't wait to taste year old fish stored in the fishing Complex. Set the date. Yummy!


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