Caribeña members receive help

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 10, No. 45            December 7, 2000

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Last Thursday, Caribeña Cooperative Chairman, Mr. Manuel Heredia Jr., received a welcome visit from Honorable Daniel Silva, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Cooperatives. Minister Silva presented Mr. Heredia with a $20,000 check to be distributed to members who lost their fishing equipment (lobster shades and traps) during Hurricane Keith. Mr. Heredia stated that the distribution will be done according to the percentage of loss by each member.

    Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMA/I) also presented a check to help Caribeña members recuperate from their losses. CZMA/I gave $5,600 which was distributed in equal parts to all the members. CZMA/I recognized that the fishing industry needed assistance if it were to recover, therefore the organization developed a project proposal designed to rehabilitate, build or purchase lobster traps to replace those that were lost. That proposal was approved by the United Nations Development Program/Global Environmental Facility Project (UNDP/GEF) which provided grant funds to the tune of $98,000 for the purchase of lobster traps.

    The Chairman, management and members of Caribeña Cooperative would like to express their sincere gratitude to Minister Silva and CZMA/I for their generous donation.
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