As part of activities to mark International Year of Cooperatives 2012, November has been declared Fisheries Month in Dominica.
To observe the month, the Fisheries Cooperatives on the island are undertaking a number of initiatives to highlight the importance of fishing in Dominica and of fish as part of a healthy lifestyle.
The activities kicked off with an ‘Eat Fish Day’ held at Bioche on November 4, which was organized by the St. Peters Fisheries Cooperative.
Two forums, one on November 12 at the Roseau Fisheries Complex and the other on November 19 at the Marigot Fisheries Complex, have been organized by the National Association of Fisher Folk Cooperative, to sensitize the fishermen and fish vendors on the importance of pursuing fishing as a business.
There will also be a school tour during the month to inspire families and children to make fish a major part of the household diet.
The Fond St. Jean Fisheries Cooperative will also, on Thursday November 22, at the Fond St. Jean Fisheries Complex, host primary and secondary school children from the communities of Fond St. Jean, Pitite Savanne, Bagatelle, Pichelin, Bellevue Chopin and Grandbay to expose them to the possibility of taking up careers in fishing.
In an effort to continue promoting the consumption of fish and to create of different ways in which it can be prepared, fish nights are being planned for the Marigot Fisheries Complex on Friday November 16, hosted by the North Eastern Multipurpose Cooperative, at Portsmouth Fisheries Complex on Saturday November 24, hosted by St. John’s Fisher Folk Cooperative and at the Roseau Fisheries Complex on Friday November 30, hosted by the National Association of Fisher Folk Cooperative and the Newtown Fisheries Cooperative.
As part of the approach the Japanese experts from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have already provided training in preparing some of those dishes and the local trained personnel will be responsible for providing a promotion of new dishes such as fish fingers, fish pies and fish rolls among the public in the Roseau area. Other dishes will include smoked fish salad, steamed kawang, fried fish served with breadfruit chips, fish paleau and stuffed plantain.
Both at Marigot and Portsmouth savoury dishes will be served such as steamed fish, fish water, fish in coconut sauce, broth and grilled fried and steamed fish served with a choice of banan paize or sauté breadfruit with vegetables.
The aim of the Fisheries Cooperative Month is to highlight the importance of fishing in Dominica and that of fish as part of a healthy lifestyle.