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Fishermen awaiting compensation

by | Jul 22, 2014

FishermanThe fisher folk in Otaheite want state owned oil company PETROTRIN to compensate them for loss of earnings.

The request arose from last year’s oil spill that caused millions of dollars in damage and spread from La Brea to Otaheite.

The group spoke at a press conference yesterday at Otaheite to explain their dilemma.

The group has expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that other groups are still being compensated by Petrotrin for loss of earnings because of last December’s oil spill.

The Association’s Secretary Shenelle Khan shared some of their concerns.

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Another member of the Association Rafeek Khan stated that while they did receive some compensation, this had to be shared with other people who were affected by the oil spill.

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The group claimed that the compensation ended after the fishermen were informed that they could resume their fishing activity.

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The Association says that the fish vendors in the area purchase fish from fishermen in other communities which were not affected by the oil spill.

However, they say that their sales remain low because of the stigma that is now attached to Otaheite.

They say that they are in their peak season for fishing but they are losing money at a time when they have expenses for school supplies.

They say their next step may be to seek redress from the courts.

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