Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves (left) being interviewed at Calliaqua by Colvin Harry of NBC Radio during the 2022 Fisherman's Day activities on June 6. (Photo Credit: API)
Press Release
June 7, 2022
Fishing one of the largest growth areas in SVG — Gonsalves

Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves views the Fishing Industry as a win-win situation for all involved.

Fishermen cleaning their catch on Monday, Fisherman’s Day. (Photo Credit: API)

Gonsalves, during an interview at Fisherman’s Day, said the “products of our oceans are in demand and you can’t lose with fishing, the demand is far more than the supply”.

Gonsalves noted that in 2020, SVG landed 21 million pounds of fish, and fishing represents one of the largest growth areas, where money is being made.

He added that people can earn a livelihood and there are more players in the market for conch, fish, tuna and fish products.

The finance minister also said that the investment of Rainforest Seafood, employing scores of Vincentians and buying fish from Fisherfolk nationwide, indicates that there is real demand.

Gonsalves said this year’s Fisherman’s Day activities “highlight(ed) the potential of fish as a protein source in St Vincent and the Grenadines when foreign and imported proteins are costing more money”.

Fish caught during this year’s Fisherman’s Day activities (Photo Credit: API)

Gonsalves also used the opportunity to highlight the work done at the Calliaqua Fisheries Complex, where the facility was upgraded and the jetty was repaired.

He said slowly “Calliaqua is becoming the capital of fishing in St Vincent and the Grenadines”. (API)