May 9, 2008
Fisherman’s Day activities climax this Monday

Local fisherfolk will take to the sea from the wee hours of the morning of May 12th, hoping to catch the fisherman of the year title.{{more}}

The annual competition culminates with an official ceremony slated to be held at the Calliaqua Playing Field from 4 in the afternoon.

This year’s activities got on the way on April 13 under the theme “Fisheries and Climate Change. So far, a number of activities have been held, including a very successful Fishnite at Biabou on May 2, junior and female fishing competitions and beach seine competitions.

Public Relations Officer of the Fisherman’s Day Committee, Angus Dennie, said he has been pleased with the outcome of activities leading up to the major event, Fisherman’s Day 2008. “I am happy with the level of participation,” he said.

The Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOVC) will stage Japan Day on May 9 & 10. Vincentians will be exposed to Japanese traditions, culture and food.

Monday’s activities include cultural performances, an appearance by Miss SVG 2008 contestants and a feature address by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

Prizes up for grabs this year are 4 stroke outboard engines valued at over EC$20,000, cash and other prizes, and the coveted title of Fisherman of the Year 2008.

The slogan for this year’s competition is “Improve fishing technology, increase efficiency.”

Last year, over 60 boats participated and the committee is expecting the same number to compete in 2008. Eli Slater of Clare Valley won last year’s competition.