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Support Your Local Fishermen

Dear Source:
While clearly the CFM has a heavily vested interest in these studies, there is a whole other side to consider. Fishing has been an industry in St. Thomas for many many years. The government spends much taxpayer dollars preserving this monument or that historical site, is that not the same as preserving a culture on an island who, for hundreds of years has relied on the fish for consumption. There are a significant number of men here who have fished for many years and know about the ocean, the fish, the bait, the catch, for many that is all there is. St. Thomas will always be known for its "ole wife" just as Barbados is known for it's flying fish. It is a very delicate line that is drawn here and I would hate that these fishermen end up participating in the demise of one of their cultural livelihoods. I believe it is with caution, the fisherman should participate. On the positive side it is good that fishermen have established themselves as an association and taken an active role such as on committees and panels (CFM). So, while much of this is scientific there are other elements to consider. Any person who enjoys their fish and johnny cake, their fish soup, and their fried fish should take an interest and support the fishermen in their community.

Catherine Quetel
St. Thomas

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