River Bay Fishing Village takes on alternative livelihood for spear fishermen
For years, fishermen at the River Bay Fishing Village, Montego Bay have engaged in the illegal practice of spearfishing as a primary source of income. Today, they are being provided with several alternative options for economic advancement.
Under a $500 million initiative spearheaded by the Montego Bay Marine Park, through financing provided by The National Environmental Planning Agency, the Government of Jamaica, the European Union and the United Nations Environmental Project, a new day has dawned as the men embark on preserving and fostering a greater level of sustainability for the environment.
Explaining the impact of spearfishing on the marine environment, director of the Montego Bay Marine Park, Hugh Shim, said the practice destroys the reefs, "and renders an adverse impact on our climate change and environmental sustainability efforts".
Shim told Hospitality Jamaica, "Having acknowledged this, we also saw the need to provide alternative livelihoods for these fishermen, as we feel that is the only way we can get them to comply with the sustainability levels that we want to achieve." ... read