Monday, July 2, 2012


(Haiti Libre) -

The Minustah proceeded this week to the inauguration of a project to help 600 fishermen and sellers of the Association of Fishermen of Acul (APLA), in the town of Petit-Goâve, where fishing remains the main activity of the population.

At an official ceremony held in the small harbor, Martha Lya Cordoba, the representative of the Minustah in Léogâne, handed over the keys of two shallops with a motor to the responsibles of APLA. The project also includes the construction and donation of two other sailboats and fishing accessories, without forgetting the training of fishermen and of saleswomen. This project is funded to the tune of U.S. $48,000 as part of a Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) of the Minsutah.

Thanks to this project, APLA now has two shallops with a motor, and two sailboats, 14 life jackets for deep sea fishing, a small shed with a fridge for fish conservation, powered by 12 new batteries and a solar panel, a scale to weigh the fish, and other equipment for fishing. "With these materials, we will able to fish in the deep sea and bring back quality fish, big fish, and keep them fresh for sale," stated Jean Célion Dargout, the Deputy Coordinator of APLA.

The 72 members of the fishing association founded in 2007, will now increase safety and efficiency, thanks to large fiberglass shallops. "Now we can fish per team taking turns twice a day, and so bring in more fish," a pleased Wilfrid Joseph said, a fisherman who roamed until now, the coast on a makeshift boat...

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