In strengthening and growing the fisheries sector into a full-fledged economic pillar, the Virgin Islands will soon engage the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) in the UK.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering has denounced claims that there is wide spread fish kills in the Virgin Islands as a result of the Sargassum Seaweed.
Pelagic sargassum is a brown alga, or seaweed that floats free in the ocean and never attaches to the ocean floor. These free-floating forms are only found in the Atlantic Ocean. Sargassum provides refuge for migratory species and essential habitat for some 120 species of fish and more than 120 species of invertebrates. It’s an important nursery habitat that provides shelter and food for endangered species such as sea turtles and for commercially important species of fish such as tunas. There are two species of sargassum involved in the sargassum influx: Sargassum natans and Sargassum fluitans.
The Conservation and Fisheries Department, in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, is inviting all fisherfolk on Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada to attend an important meeting at the Conservation and Fisheries Department on Monday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m.