The Marigot and Portsmouth fisheries complexes will be completely restored with financial support from the government of Japan who first gifted the facilities in 2004 and 2011.
The $27m agreement was signed on Wednesday at the ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The minister for Finance, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, said thank you on the island’s behalf, acknowledging that the projects will be significant to local fishers.
“This will go a very long way toward ensuring that our fishers can benefit from and take advantage of this renewed thrust to exploit in a sustainable way, the enormous resources of the ocean and sea that surrounds them. ”
The prime minister said this gift from the government of Japan supports Dominica’s intention to sustainably use the ocean’s resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem.” This is known as the blue economy.
“We’re pursuing the further development of our blue economy and as part of our overall resilient strategy, fully functioning modern facilities and equipment for the receipt and handling of fish products is an important aspect of that development thrust,” he relayed.
Honorable Skerrit anticipates further cooperation with Japan to bring the fisheries sector to international export standard.
The fisheries complexes in Marigot and Portsmouth when completed in 2004 and 2011 respectively featured cold storage facilities and fuel stations.
The government of Japan also funded the Roseau fisheries complex in 1997.
The agreement to restore those facilities includes equipping both centres.