Published On: Wed, Nov 20th, 2013

Local fishermen in distress

West PointWILLEMSTAD – The second day of the royal visit to Curaçao started at the fishing pier at Playa West Point on the northwest side of the island. It is the base for fishermen engaged in traditional fishing. But the fishermen in Curaçao are struggling.

The fishermen see their colleagues massively choose another profession. The fuel for the boat has become too expensive and fewer fish can be found in the waters surrounding the island. “The youth has no interest in fishing,” said professional fisherman Edwin ' Makambi ' Flameling . “They have to get up early and there is little in return. You cannot blame them.”

Global scarcity

Because of the worldwide shortage of fish, some countries implement 'no fishing' zones. According to Flameling this is unnecessary in Curacao. “The problem is big boats catching hundreds of fish with nets. On Curaçao we fish in a sustainable, old fashioned way. The introduction of such zones is nonsense.”

Unity

Edwin Koense, president of Piskadó Profeshonal and hobby fisherman, wants more help from the government. “We should create more unity and the government should look into this matter.

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