Artisanal fishermen in Seychelles to benefit from new quay, ice machine

A greater number of fishing vessels will be catered for in Seychelles after phase two of the Providence Artisanal Fisheries Facilities was inaugurated on Thursday.

Phase two of the development, costing approximately $10 million, includes the expansion of 216 metres of quay, ten mooring buoys, a landing shed and a ten-tonne ice-making facility among others. The project was financed by the government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“This project will directly improve the work efficiency of fishers and boat owners, improve the safety of vessels and fishers at the Providence and Victoria ports and will help to reduce congestion and optimise the supply of ice for fishers,” said Vice-President Vincent Meriton.

The second phase was needed due to the increasing catch by artisanal and semi-industrial fishermen, who had a lack of access to an ice plant, ice storage warehouse and other fishing facilities.

Source: Seychelles News Agency