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Goat Islands deal will displace fishermen and their families – Environmental group
2013-09-14 12:28:56 | (0 Comments)
The environmental group Caribbean Coastal Area Management (CCAM), is again warning of disastrous consequences for thousands of families if construction of the proposed billion dollar trans-shipment hub is allowed on the Goat Islands.
Fishermen in the waters near the Goat Islands on August 22. Chinese investors have expressed interest in a trans-shipment hub in the area, but environmentalists are bracing for a fight.-Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
The Government says no decision has been taken on whether it will permit the construction of the trans-shipment hub on the Goat Islands, located in the Portland Bight Protected Area off the coast of Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine.
However, it’s reported that the Chinese investors behind the project are insisting that the area is their preferred site for the US$1.5 billion project.
CCAM’s Executive Director Ingrid Parchment, is predicting that the project will lead to the displacement of more than 4,000 fisher folks and the destruction of the government-funded fish sanctuary in the area.
Parchment says thousands more who depend on the fishing industry to make a living will also be displaced.
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