Fishermen in Martinique on Monday staged a protest, calling for a price freeze on fuel, local reports say.
According to Martinique 1Ere, the fishers blocked the entrance to Société Anonyme de Raffinerie aux Antilles (SARA) in Lamentin, asserting that the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of restaurants have negatively impacted their livelihood.
When fishers in Guadeloupe staged a similar protest and blocked the Pointe-à-Pitre port, they got the authorities to agree to a three point fuel relief plan, the publication reported.
According to the Guadeloupe agreement, the State and SARA would accept a reduction of 40 cents for marine gasoline and 24 cents for marine diesel, prices guaranteed until August 31, 2021.
The agreement would also establish a monitoring committee to continue discussions on setting the prices of marine fuels.
In addition, an expert from the Ministry of the Sea will work with fishing professionals on the structuring and consolidation of their sector.