On Sunday, the Barbados National Union of Fisherfolk Organisation will join with the Christ Church South Constituency Council and the Oistins Development Trust to pay tribute to fishermen who went missing at sea over the years and are presumed dead.
A plaque, bearing the names of 12 fishermen will be erected in the Berinda Cox Fishing Complex in Oistins, will be unveiled by an officer of the Department of Fisheries at 3 p.m.
President of BARNUFO, Vernel Nicholls, told Barbados TODAY that participants are expected to throw 21 roses into the sea as a mark of respect of fishermen who died there.
“BARNUFO feels privileged and honoured to be a part of the process to honour our fisherfolk because we recognise the hard work, the challenges, and risks involved everyday in plying their trade. Any life lost at sea is a life that is missed by their families and by the fishing industry in Barbados. We also want to thank the Christ Church South Constituency Council for being a part of initiative, in fact, they spearheaded the initiative. They demonstrated their commitment to community spirit and an awareness of the contribution the fisherfolk make to the economy. The National Trust also played a part in planning the celebrations,” Nicholls said.
Responding to a query on the group’s plans to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Janet, she said: “We lost fishermen during Hurricane Janet. I was not around during Hurricane Janet but I have been told about it by people who witnessed the devastation of the hurricane. We have to consider the devastation Janet would have had on the fishing industry. The organisation has to impress on fisherfolk that hurricanes should not be taken lightly. We are aware that if fishing vessels are caught at sea during a hurricane they faced serious risks. We in BARNUFO want to honour our fisherfolk of yesteryear because they would have paved the way for us today.”
Community worker and social activist, Buddy Larrier, one of the organisers of the event, said that in addition to the unveiling of the plaque, 21 fisherfolk will also be honoured, some post-humously.
Fishermen, Darnel Larrier, his late father, and Clarence Husbands who in trying to take their fishing boats to a safe haven during Hurricane Janet lost their lives.
Among those guests expected to attend the ceremony are Minister of Agriculture, Dr. David Estwick, Chief Fisheries Officer Stephen Willoughby, Parliamentary Representative for the area, John Boyce and fisherfolk. (NC)