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Jamaicans Encouraged to Buy Tilapia for Easter

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#Kingston, April 6, 2023 – The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) is encouraging Jamaicans to buy and consume Tilapia for Easter.

Tilapia, which is a freshwater fish and a product of Jamaica’s aquaculture sector, is an alternative to captured fish from the sea.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NFA, Dr. Gavin Bellamy, told JIS News in a recent interview that Tilapia consumption is also important to the sustainability of the sector.

“We are encouraging Jamaicans to buy Tilapia. Remember it is Easter. We want Jamaicans to consume tilapia. It’s lovely, very versatile and tasty,” he said.

With the support of the Ministry and householders who continue to purchase Tilapia and other aquaculture products, Mr. Bellamy said the sector will grow. 

“The Ministry has identified that the sector that has the greatest potential for growth and development of this country is the fisheries sector. This is because we can both work on land and we can improve what we are getting from the sea in a sustainable manner. If we work together as a nation, we can have fish for perpetuity,” the CEO argued.

The Authority’s push for the increased consumption of Tilapia is also aligned with the Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry’s ‘Grow Smart, Eat Smart Campaign’, aimed at stimulating local production and consumption of food.

Tilapia is a nutritious fish, is low in fat and a good source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Native to Africa and the Middle East, Tilapia is produced locally through fish farms.

Meanwhile, to further protect the sustainability of the sector, the NFA will be placing greater focus on size regulations to inhibit the fishing of undersized fish.

Dr. Bellamy is, therefore urging fishers to be considerate of the size of the fish they capture on the job.

“We want the fish to be able to continue populating our seas. You can catch them at safe size where we are not depleting the generation, and not catching them at infant size where they are not mature enough to reproduce,” he said.

 

Contact: Twila Wheelan

Release: JIS   

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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