Two hundred Very High Frequency (VHF) radios have been contributed to Saint Lucia fisherfolk, in a bid to ensure their safety at sea.
“The safety of our fishermen whilst they are out at sea has been a major source of concern for our Government,” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said of the initiative.
In a post on his official Facebook page Friday, Chastanet observed that on too many occasions reports have been received of missing fishermen due to their inability to communicate when they find themselves in a distressed situation.
He stated that the contribution of the VHF radios was a measure to begin addressing what he described as ‘this serious issue’.
Chastanet disclosed that the initiative was made possible through collaboration with the Departments of Fisheries and Telecommunications, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) through the Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Project (CC4Fish Project).
“These VHF radios will enable fisherfolk to communicate with each other over substantial distances via marine radio channels and also serves as an invaluable safety tool that alerts the marine police during moments of distress,” the PM noted.