Cruise terminal to house fish market

Cayman's fish market had been based on the water's edge in George Town before the COVID-19 crisis, but is now moving to the cruise ship terminal. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

The local fish market will be moving to the South Terminal on Harbour Drive from its previous location on North Church Street.

The premier announced the move on Friday.

On Tuesday, in a brief statement posted on its Facebook page, the Port Authority said the move to the cruise-ship terminal will be temporary, and said it is anticipated that operations at the fish market will commence operations next week.

“This will allow the local fishermen to have a safe environment from which to conduct business. They will be setting out and guiding the customer flow pattern to ensure social distancing is maintained by their customers,” the statement said.

The Port Authority urged the public to cooperate with the sellers at the fish market to help them meet the requirements.

“The venue is on the roadside, so it is easy to see and reach, and there are restrooms available to the public during their operating times,” it added.

On Monday, some of the COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed as Cayman moved from its Level 5 maximum suppression stage to Level 4 high suppression phase.

This change saw the reopening of some local businesses for delivery and kerbside operations only.

The premier stated on Friday that the updated regulations allowed commercial fishing to be undertaken in local waters. It will be catches from these commercial fishing vessels that will be sold at the market.

“Fishing boats refer only to commercial fishing vessels that go out to sea for days on end or sometimes weeks on end, and return and sell their catch here,” he said. “They are owned generally by Caymanians but crewed generally by Hondurans, and they will not, as has been the case, be allowed off the vessel while they are here. They are usually here for three or four days to distribute their catch and then they go back to sea.”

The fish market, as well as the farmers market, were granted permission to resume operations as long as social distancing and health guidelines were followed.

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  1. Hi Friends.
    A very welcome decision by the government to allow for a organized venue for the fish market even though it is temporary.
    Going forward, my humble suggestion is to support these fishermen by buying from them which will support local economy.
    I will go a little further. I will request the big super markets, if not doing so at the present moment to come forward and buy in volume from the local fishing community, to resell in their stores. The grocery stores will make some profit as they also have some expenses to meet. It is between the fishermen or if they have an association and the stores to establish a price structure in which both can survive and the local public can support the system by buying these produce.
    I am sure it is in the minds of the pioneers of the business community and this can be an ideal way forward to help one sector of society to stand on its two feet. May be law permitting, more cayman people can join this trade and this can be an alternative solution to some who have lost their regular occupations due to this pandemic.
    Food for thought. Let’s all stay united.