Until our maritime waters are protected, seafarers are advised to take all necessary precautions at sea.
Date: February 7th 2019
Fishermen and Friends of the Sea(FFOS) are relieved that our five seamen who were held captive by Venezuelan kidnappers for over five (5) days have finally been released. Shamefully, our Government can take no credit!
FFOS are once again calling on the Hon. Minister of National Security to state whether the fourteen (14) derelict Coast Guard (CG) interceptor boats have been repaired and whether they are now operational.
Minister Young made a public promise since November 8th 2018, to have these interceptor vessels repaired in the “shortest possible time” but then … has gone silent. The Minister is reminded that eleven (11) weeks have passed.
Without Vessels can the (CG) protect our borders from this criminal invasion? Without vessels exactly what are the CG doing? We continue to live in danger and fear! Why are our taxpayers paying the CG hundreds of millions of scarce resources if there are no vessels, and no maritime protection or surveillance?
Until and unless Government can deliver on their promises, our coastlines and our seafarers will continuously be threatened. FFOS continue to issue national alerts to ALL seafarers and fisher folk to be on the lookout for Venezuelan hijackers freely operating in our sea. The Rowley Administration needs to be reminded that border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation AND WE ARE FAILING!
Gary Aboud Corporate Secretary Fishermen and Friends of the Sea