Martinique’s Fishermen to Receive $2.7 Million in French Aid


Above: Martinique (CJ Photo)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Fishermen in Martinique will soon be receiving $2.66 million (2 million Euros) in aid.

The French department’s fishing sector has been hit hard of late by evidence of pollution of coastal waters by chlordecone, also known as kepone, according to the French government.

The emergency funding is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding at the end of December.

French Overseas Minister Victorin Lurel, a native of Guadeloupe, along with Junior Minister for Ecology Frederic Cuvillier, said the state was committed to quickly providing the funding.

That announcement came after a meeting this week with fisherman and

The two ministers said they wanted to be involved in the implementation of an “ambitious plan” for fishing in France’s overseas departments.