Chinese will not be given license to fish near shore – Agri. Minister

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Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy.
Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy.

[www.inewsguyana.com]Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy has made it clear that the Chinese will not be given a license to fish near the coast and will also not be allowed to compete with the Guyana Association of Trawler Owners and Seafood Processors (GATOSP).

In response to concerns raised by the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA), Dr. Ramsammy told iNews that he is arranging a meeting with the President of GATSOP to sort out what issues they might have.

The Agriculture Minister further explained to this news agency that no license has been granted to the Chinese, as a proposal is being developed.

“I have been trying to arrange a meeting with GATSOP and this will be soon. No license has been granted. A proposal is being developed. We have clearly stated that the Chinese will not be given a license to fish near shore and will not be given a license to compete with GATSOP,” Dr. Ramsammy said.

It was announced recently that the government was considering at least 40 fishing licenses for the Chinese nationals.

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