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Jason the Maverick

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Support for local fishermen
« on: June 03, 2008, 05:35:33 PM »
Minister Philip Ozouf offered despondent fishermen a package of support last night as they combat rising fuel costs and low lobster prices.

But that support will not be financial or in the form of fuel subsidies.

The Jersey Enterprise support package which Senator Ozouf has offered includes:

*Continued efforts by the Bureau de Jersey director to persuade French Customs to allow local fishermen to land their catches direct in St Malo, which is being refused by an agent there at present.

*Helping the industry to promote their lobsters more in the Island.

*Support in gaining eco-labelling for lobsters which could increase their value.


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Re: Support for local fishermen
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2008, 03:39:36 PM »
Nice one Ozouf. So about as much help as a lighthouse in the desert then?
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Re: Support for local fishermen
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2008, 04:37:06 PM »
To be frank it makes a change to read suggestions that do not cost anything.

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Re: Support for local fishermen
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2008, 05:00:42 PM »
To be frank it makes a change to read suggestions that do not cost anything.

I suppose it depends on what angle you are looking at it from.

If you were looking at it from an establishment point of view, being able to drag something out without having to commit any expenditure maybe it might be seen as a good thing.

If you were a fisherman where your livelyhood depends on you putting to sea, despite being storm bound, mechanical, electrical, and structual brakdowns.
Then realising on the too few days you can get to sea, you can't afford the diesel, not being offered any kind of financial help, in the way of reduced price fuel or any other kind of subsidy. I'm not sure going home to your family at the end of the week and saying "we can't afford to eat this week, but Ozouf is trying to come up with an idea that won't cost the goverment any money" is quite going to cut the mustard.

How many fishermen might have to go bankrupt whilst Ozouf thinks of these ways that won't cost the goverment any money. The fishermen need financial help now, why doesn't our goverment give it to them?
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Re: Support for local fishermen
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2008, 05:06:18 PM »
But the cost of fuel is a world wide problem at the moment.

French fishermen especially are suffering.

I would tend to be cautious at the moment before resorting to chucking money at them.