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Saharan Dust Negatively Affecting Vieux Fort Fishers

The Saharan dust haze has created visibility issues for fishers in Vieux Fort, reducing the frequency of their fishing expeditions, according to the Goodwill Fishermen’s Cooperative.

Operations Manager Kaygianna Charlery disclosed that the dust has compounded the problem faced by fishers as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

However Charlery observed that the fishers are resilient people and are braving the challenges.

She told St Lucia Times that the members of the Goodwill Fishermen’s Cooperative go out to sea early and determine where fish are based on the movement of birds.

“With the dust it makes it difficult to see the birds and pick good fishing spots,” she explained.

“Some are not going out as often as normal, “ Charlery pointed out.

She also observed that visibility issues create a shorter working day, affecting the fishers’ income.

The Goodwill Fishermen’s Cooperative official said the cooperative has some 100 members on its books, about 60 of whom are active and go fishing on a regular basis.

But Charlery explained that it is difficult, because of the Saharan dust problem coming hard on the heels of issues created for fishers by the COVID-19 crisis, to say how many members have been affected by the dust haze.

Nevertheless she expressed the view that ‘the great majority’ of the fishers are not affected.

The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services says that remnants of the Saharan dust cloud that has been affecting the Island over the last few days are still evident.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Meanwhile there,s persons who haven’t earn a bread eversince the corona started….fishers was one of the set of ppl that never stop earning a bread..what is the big issue to weather this god given phase?

  2. It’s either they’re good through the dust or they’re not I’m here trying to make sense of this reading and I’m being tossed all over the hemisphere meanwhile my tea and biscuits are all done so now I am forced too write a story so that the readers have something of substance too read and be entertained by ede que qua

  3. This phenomena is nothing new: the whys and reasons is something we can debate for
    days on end. Some of these abnormalities can sometimes be explained with a little
    research in the history of upheavals in natural disasters – like earthquakes, volcano,
    hurricanes, snow storms and Sunami, etc, some attribute certain disasters as divine
    intervention, because they are puzzled or something new to the environment, well let
    me say, there’s nothing new under the Sun. The Sahara Dust is an eye opener to us all.
    We humans keep polluting the Sea, the Air and the Ground with Toxins, Garbage and
    other pollutants, and mother Earth (Eve) is saying to us, Stop:- the Sea & Ground is gone
    and the only thing I have left for you is the clean air I provided – STOP. to the beginning go
    clean up your act or perish likewise. Today the air we breathe is infected. 400 years ago
    Macbeth referred to Witches saying “Infected be the air whereon they ride;”Act 1V. Sc 2
    Strange how we can land on the Moon – and can’t determine proper behavior on Earth.
    We better brace ourselves for what’s coming – for as the time draws near, look out & up.
    I’m ready, are you? He promised to come suddenly, like a thief in the night. (but morning)

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