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FISHING STUDY ON ITS WAY IN TURKS AND CAICOS WATERS

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, OCTOBER 22, 2013- A UK sponsored pelagic fishing study started in the Turks and Caicos Islands last Friday. The study by Caicos Pride in South Caicos is using a long line fishing method, and will determine the economic feasibility of developing an off-shore fisheries industry for the TCI. The vessel being used in the study brought in its first haul yesterday, which includes swordfish, mahi mahi, wahoo, big-eye tuna, yellow fin tuna and albacore. A DEMA observer is aboard the vessel and DEMA says it is able to monitor activities via virtual software.

DEMA Director Kathleen Wood

DEMA Director Kathleen Wood

When asked about yesterday’s activities, DEMA Director Kathleen Wood said they are well pleased that all proceedings are going as agreed. The department added that once the first voyage is completed, DEMA will be releasing all of the statistical data from the catch.

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