St. Vincent Government to Ban Fish Cleaning in Buccament Bay in preparation of Sandals Resort Opening

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SVG Prime Minister, Dr. Hon Ralph E. Gonsalves

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has announced a new policy that will see the prohibition of cleaning fish on the beaches of Buccament Bay, St. Vincent. This decision comes as the island prepares for the opening of the new Sandals Resort, scheduled to launch on March 27th.

The announcement was made on the Star Radio show ‘Morning Scoop,’ where Gonsalves highlighted concerns about the improper disposal of fish guts by individuals who buy fish at the beach. “We are banning the practice of cleaning fish on the beach,” Gonsalves stated, emphasizing that the fishermen themselves are not the ones responsible for the cleaning but rather the customers who leave fish remains behind.

To address the issue and its potential impact on local businesses, Gonsalves held a meeting last week with fishing boat owners, fisherfolk, vendors, and small business operators in Buccament Bay. The move aims to maintain the cleanliness and appeal of the beach area, especially with the anticipated influx of tourists and visitors expected with the opening of the Sandals Resort.

This policy change reflects the government’s efforts to balance the preservation of local traditions and business activities with the need for environmental conservation and the promotion of tourism.

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