Fishermen are planning to protest outside the Office of the Prime Minister next week because regular gas is no longer available in the country.
Vice president of the Claxton Bay Fishing Association Bhadase Sooknanan warned that without regular gas, the fuel used in the outboard engines of their boats, the local fishing industry will be obliterated. Sooknanan, who owns two boats and employs five people, said he used to spend $200 on gas for one fishing trip but that cost will increase to $500.
After spending $3 million to refurbish the Otaheite Fishing Complex, fishermen say they are forced to sell their catch outside on the car park, braving wind, rain, and sun because the Fisheries Division has locked them out.
Interviewed, president of the Otaheite Fishing Association Clement Charles said its been two years since the facility was closed.
In the meantime, fish vendors are continuing to operate from the car park.
Faced with a $1 increase per litre in the price of Super unleaded fuel, fishermen from South Trinidad are calling on the Government to establish an outlet so they can purchase regular fuel at a cheaper price.
Regular fuel is a lower grade of fuel compared to super unleaded and premium unleaded. However, only two outlets in Santa Flora and Carenage sell regular fuel and since the price increase, fishermen say they can no longer afford to buy Super gas.