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More than 20,000 fishing jobs ‘could vanish’ in Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.- The head of Puerto Plata’s fishing boat owners association warned Thursday that the industry in the region could disappear “and its more than 20,000 jobs with it.”

Luis Felipe Heredia said during the last seven years the area’s fishery faces several challenges that threaten to ruin only source of jobs along the country’s North coast.

The business leader and Association members met with the heads of merchants and potential investors, and complained that the fisheries sector has been affected with “an unexplained 12 year-ban on conch exports to U.S. market and this is addition to excessive taxes charged by the Port Authority.”

After hearing their complaints Insurance superintendent Euclides Gutierrez stated “president Danilo Medina’s strong interest in the country’s productive sectors,” for which a commission was named to coordinate and channel Government assistance such as a possible fuel subsidy, boat anchorages at the local dock and possibly lifting the ban on conch.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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