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Fisherfolk want group insurance

Fisherfolk want group insurance
20 Jul

Fishermen on the north and west coasts of the island will have a safe harbour for their vessels at the Port St Charles Marina this hurricane season.

Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer Joyce Leslie says the marina will offer shelter to a total of thirty vessels again.

She says they must be more than twenty-five feet long along with some other requirements.

Fisherfolk have been trying to get a group insurance policy to ensure that they have adequate coverage for their vessels and livelihood for several years.

Account executive at CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers, Wayne Lovell, says they have a proposed marine insurance programme, but they will need to have good numbers coming forward, to ensure that CGM is in a better position to leverage against the insurance companies.

Mr. Lovell says should the scheme become a reality it will offer preferential rates, increased limits and flexible payment terms for fisherfolk.

In related fisheries news authorities do try to give fisherfolk adequate warning about any impending bad weather.

This is according to director of the Barbados Meteorological Services, Sonia Nurse.

She says her office understands the importance of issuing high surf advisories and storm warnings, as early as possible, so fisherfolk can make the adequate preparations, like hauling up their boats.

Ms. Nurse was one of a panel of stakeholders at a special meeting on disaster preparedness, hosted by the Barbados National Union of Fisherfolk Organisations.

President of Barnufo, Vernell Nicholls says with predictions for a very active season, fishermen and boat-owners especially, must be prepared.

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