The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has taken Agriculture Minister, Ezechiel Joseph to task over a government decision to temporarily suspend commercial fishing.
Joseph is also responsible for Fisheries, Natural Resources and Co-operatives.
He is also the Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau.
Fishers were due to hold a second meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, to discuss the temporary suspension, which they said had created an ‘uproar’ among fisher folk.
The SLP wants the measure revoked.
“You the Minister of Agriculture and Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau, did you stand up for the fisherfolk of Saint Lucia when Allen Chastanet took that draconian decision to ban them from fishing for a week?” The SLP asked of Joseph on its official Facebook page on Monday.
“Were you even consulted? Did you simply remain the yes man you have been to him? Would you agree to lose your salary for one week? Well that’s what you all did to the fisherfolk. Shame on you!” The Facebook post declared.
“Another factor which drove this decision, is that we continue to receive reports of persons entering our borders illegally with the assistance of locals, some as recent as a few days ago,” he disclosed.
Authorities here say one of the biggest challenges in fighting the spread of COVID-19 is the fact that people are entering Saint Lucia through the back door from Martinique.