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MoU does not allow Chinese vessels to fish in Jamaican waters

Staff Writer |
The Jamaican Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has clarifies that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with China does not allow Chinese vessels to fish in Jamaican waters.

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Through a statement, Minister Karl Samuda explained the MoU allows fishery processing establishments to export live lobsters to China. In addition, he stressed that it deals specifically with hygiene, sanitation and certification matters to allow for cooperation between Jamaica and China on sanitary and phytosanitary issues, Jamaica Observerreported.

Under the MoU, the two countries have "agreed on cooperating in the promotion of live lobster exports in first instance, and later on, other Jamaican seafood to China in order to quickly set an effective and mutually beneficial trade relationship."

The ministry pointed out that members of the local fishing industry have repeatedly appealed to the Government of Jamaica for assistance in accessing diverse markets, including China, for the export of their fishery products.

In this context, he said the Jamaican Government has been working closely with the Chinese government to allow for easier access of Jamaican live lobsters into the Chinese market.

Samuda explained that all matters relating to monitoring, inspection and quarantine requirements were agreed to by the Chinese and Jamaican parties to actively promote work together afterwards with a view to have trade realized as soon as possible.

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