Updated regulations are needed to protect fisherfolk and vessel operators, according to Fishermen and Friends of the Sea.
This comment from the group’s Corporate Secretary, Gary Aboud, comes following the deaths of Chunilal Gyandass and Ronald Narinesingh whose flat-bottom boat sank off Carli Bay.
Mr Aboud claims the current Fisheries Act was passed 103 years ago and is almost irrelevant in the modern world.
The group’s also urging boat operators to equip their vessels with safety equipment, such as life jackets, and train their crew on emergency procedures.
Mr Aboud is calling on Government to sit up and address what he deems “avoidable and recurring fatalities.”