LALIT militants and fishermen of the South-Eastern coast of Mauritius gathered in a second Lavwa Peser assembly last Wednesday. The Director of Fisheries was present to give a report of what the Ministry had done concerning demands put forward in the last Assembly (see http://www.lalitmauritius.org/en/newsarticle/1997/lavwa-peser-ndash-a-new-form-of-organisation-of-joint-lalit-fishermen-committees-is-born/).
The letter below concerning fishermen's demand for land to be used for food production and transformation based work for fishers, planters and workers in the region addressed to the Minister of Agro-Industry, copy to the Minister of Fishing was presented to the Director for him to remit to the Minister. The letter demands such utilisation of land instead of land being used for luxury real estate projects and for sugar/cane production.
After 9 years of no new fishing cards being issued by the State, registered artisanal fishermen have decreased from 2,400 to 1,925. Consecutive governments have discouraged artisanal fishing, but have actively promoted hotel and real estate industries on the coast.
Fishermen and Lalit militants have added to growing mobilisation of fishers for new fishing cards. The Director announced in the last assembly that only 300 new fishing cards are being issued in batches of 40-45. The procedure for obtaining fishing cards, he explained, is that successful applicants are sent letters to request them to go to their District hospital for a medical check-up. If they are medically fit, they then get letters to go to a one-month course for fishers at the Pointe au Sable fishing centre. After finishing this course, they can then obtain their fishing cards. 43 letters have been released nationally in all fishing zones this month.
A Minis Agro-Indistri ek Sekirite Alimanter
Depite no. 11 – Vieux Grand Port – Rose Belle
Lonorab Mahen Seeruttun
22 Novam, 2017
PETISYON A MINIS AGRO-INDISTRI EK SEKIRITE ALIMANTER
Nu, peser artizanal organize dan Lavwa Peser (Grand Sable-Bambous Virieux-Vieux Grand Port- Ville Noire-Cité La Chaux ansam avek rezyonal LALIT Curepipe/Lesid) prezan dan rasanbleman peser zordi Sant Sosyal, Vieux Grand Port, Merkredi 22 Novam, 2017, nu fer demand swivan a Minis Agro-Indistri ki osi depite pu sirkonskripsyon Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle:
Kopi a Minis Lapes, Lonorab Prem Koonjoo/Depite Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle
atraver Direkter Fisheries, M. Soondron.