Fifty-five Fisherfolk from Rockfort and Old Harbour Bay Receive Training

From June 17 – 18 and June 24 – 25, 2021, the JEP Group hosted its inaugural fisherfolk training programme for sixty fishermen and women from the Old Harbour Bay, Eastern and Western Kingston Communities. Held at the Agent HQ Restaurant by Chiney Beach, Rockfort and the Repooh Restaurant in Old Harbour Bay, participants learnt about fishing methods, conservation and sustainability methods, safety at sea and mapping, and quality management and fish handling processes.
The purpose of this training session was to educate the fisherfolk about sustainable fishing practices, with the intent to contribute to the viability of their livelihood. Sustainable fishing practices allow us to enjoy seafood while preserving the lifeblood of our oceans. Many individuals, communities, and nations continue to rely on fish and other aquatic life as a source of food and raw materials. To maintain fish stocks, the reduction of overfishing and bycatch through fisheries management is crucial. Additionally, Proper sustainable operations minimize environmental impacts such as pollution, diseases, and other damage to coastal ecosystems.
According to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 14 speaks to Life Below Water, which advocates for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas, and marine resources. Through this initiative, the JEP Group also supported SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
Our partners Sagicor and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries engaged the fisherfolk over the four days with lively Q&A sessions during their presentations. The Ministry led discussions focused on the topics mentioned above while Sagicor introduced their AgriCare Plan for farmers and fisherfolk. Trainees also received branded igloos and certificates for their participation. 
Monthly the CSR team engages the communities surrounding its operations to become more sustainable through community development activities. JEP’s power plants are situated close to three fishing villages: Old Harbour Bay, Rae Town and Rockfort. As good corporate citizens, we will continue to protect our neighbours and their environs through education and training.
A big thank you to all who contributed to the success of this initiative. We look forward to positively impacting even more persons at our next staging!


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