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LOCAL FISHERMEN who ply near-shore waters for their living agree with marine biologists that their catches are getting smaller, but they disagree strongly on the cause.

From the fish-landing spot at Half Moon Fort, St Lucy, to the heart of the Gold Coast at Paynes Bay in St James fishermen stoutly rejected any suggestion that overfishing was at the heart of the problem.

They were responding to questions from the MIDWEEK NATION following comments from noted marine biologist and water sports entrepreneur Andre Miller that while pollution and other global factors contributed to the dwindling fish catches the main culprit was overfishing.

At Half Moon Fort, St Lucy, Jefferson Graves scoffed at the idea of overfishing. He said this was an impossibility in light of how little fish they had been catching for so long.

“We can’t be overfishing because for the past four to five seasons we can’t get fish to catch and the moss coming in every day from the Atlantic Ocean,” he said.

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