|Fisheries Marketing and Statistics|
|Sunday, 15 April 2012 06:32|
Marketing of fresh fish and collection of fisheries statistics in Barbados. Marketing of fresh fish and collection of fisheries statistics in Barbados.
There are about 30 landing sites around the island. These are categorised as primary (markets), secondary (sheds) and tertiary (beaches) based on the type of physical infrastructure present.
There are eight primary landing sites and these are characterized by market buildings and other facilities such as chill or cold storage, ice, lockers, haul-out area. The majority of fish catches are landed at the the two largest markets - the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex (opened in 1989) and the Berinda Cox Fish Market at the Oistins Fisheries Complex (opened in 1983). Bridgetown has a fishing harbour and Oistins a jetty. Fish tolls, catch, effort and price statistics, are collected at the fish markets which are all managed by the Markets Division.
The six secondary sites are characterized by sheds and slabs for cutting fish. Caretakers employed by the Fisheries Division are employed to clean the premises and collect catch and effort statistics.
Many secondary landing sites have been converted to markets in recent years. These are, The Millie Ifill Fish Market at Weston, upgraded in 1997; Consett Bay, Skeetes Bay and Tent Bay upgraded in 2001; and Paynes Bay, upgraded in 2002. The Market at Speightstown was rebuilt in 2006.
There are also over 16 beach and bay areas or tertiary sites, without physical infrastructure, where boats are moored or beached and fish landed. Some sites have data collectors visiting regularly or employed continuously.
Pictures of fish landing sites and fishing vessels can be downloaded in this PDF document. pictures_of_landing_sites_and_boats.pdf
PRIMARY LANDING SITES
The primary fish landing sites, listed counter-clockwise from the north of the island, are:
SECONDARY LANDING SITES
The secondary fish landing sites are:
The tertiary fish landing sites are:
Trends in fish catches in Barbados.
For the ten year period 1993 - 2002
Mean catch composition by weight (1993 - 2002).