On July 2, 2011, Panos Caribbean teamed up with the the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAMF) to host a Fisherman’s Day Symposium, Expo and Regatta at the Old Harbour Bay Beach in St. Catherine. The event was also held in partnership with the Portland Bight Fisheries Management Council, the Jamaica Fishermen’s Co-op (JFCU) and the Old Harbour Bay Community Development Association (OHBCDA).
Artistes from Panos Caribbean’s VOICES for Climate Change Education Project participated in the day’s activities which included a celebrity cook off and community concert to wrap up the day’s events.
Ingrid Parchment, Executive Director, C-CAM feels that the day which included several activities, was a major success.
“The aim of honoring dedicated and hardworking fisher folk was certainly met. We made sure to highlight fisherman from the Portland Cottage Community, Reuben Weir, who was born in 1931 and who still go out to fish,” she stated.
Mayor of Spanish Town, Andrew Wheatley, Councillor for Old Harbour South; Lloyd Grant and Donna Parchment-Brown of the Dispute Resolution Foundation. also participated in the celebrity cook off which was won by VOICES artiste, Adrian Campbell for his tasty preparation of the Lion Fish, Second place went to Donna Parchment-Brown and Pam Hall, also of the Voices for Climate Change Education project came in third.
A number of organizations also mounted booths and offered services to persons who attended the event.
“We were also able to incorporate other services to patrons like the use of the Registrar General Department, National AIDS Committee, National Environmental Protection Agency, Jamaica Fisherman’s Co-op Credit Union and the Churches Co-op Credit Union and other organisations which were also well received,” Parchment continued.
Pictorial highlights from the days activities are below.