Deputy Premier and Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Natalio Wheatley has revealed that plans are well underway with respect to the new Fisheries Complex that will be relocated to Paraquita Bay, Tortola.
Minister Wheatley gave that indication while responding to questions from Opposition Leader Hon. Marlon Penn during the House of Assembly on Tuesday.
He said the cabinet transferred the land where the complex was situated in Baughers Bay to the BVI Ports Authority to assist with the expansion of its main cargo /handling and passenger terminal.
“With respect to the location of the new Fisheries depot, after considering many options and taking into consideration the new scope of the facility to inspect, grade and process, both agricultural and fish products, we have settled on placing the new complex at Paraquita Bay in the vicinity of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. This depot will be for agricultural produce and fish, and it is important to say we have a number of fish landing sites with various types of facilities at various locations throughout the territory,” he remarked.
He added, “The complex is in the design phase and will soon move to the costing phase. My ministry intends to seek the necessary funding in the 2022 budget to build and retrofit the new complex in 2022/ 2023.”
In the meantime, with respect to the ice machines that were part of the Baughers Bay complex, he informed that it has also been relocated to Paraquita Bay, and the fishermen can access it there.