Manager of the St. Peters Fisheries Cooperative, Sabina Williams, is calling for proper guidance and training for Cooperatives in Dominica so they could reach their full potential.
Speaking at a press conference of Eat Fish Day last week she said fisheries sector is not the only one that is left wanting in these areas.
“In terms of giving them the proper training and guidance, I think it is lacking,” she said. “Not only in our fishing cooperatives but probably other cooperatives as well …if there is proper guidance and programs in place, for someone to help, then I think that we can do a lot more with our cooperatives.”
Williams stated that plans are in the pipeline for training of young fishermen on the island.
She said she is working with the Fisheries Division to get these fishermen “trained and certified, get them health certified …and train them in the proper fishing practices so that they can see fishing is not just something you get up one morning and you just go on a boat, catch fish, sell it and that’s it.”
Williams said she is also looking into getting fishermen trained in fiscal management. “Some of the fishermen might think ‘I catch fish today I made a lot of money and every day it’s going to be so.’ It’s not always going to be like that,” she said. “So that for days when there is nothing really happening, you don’t catch much fish, at least you know that you have some sort of financial security.”