Hundreds of pounds of garbage were removed from the New Causeway Fishing Village in Portmore, St Catherine Monday, April 15 through a clean-up campaign spearheaded by the police. The garbage including plastic waste, cans, and commercial waste was packaged in bags and other containers and moved to the dump.
The Portmore Marine Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) partnered with several civic groups and fisherfolk from the Causeway Fishing Village to carry out the cleanup.
Among the groups joining with the police were: Food for the Poor, Hunt’s Bay Fisher Folks Benevolent Society, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI), the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) and Waterford Police Youth Club.
The police said this initiative is the start of an ongoing project to rid the beach of waste, which is posing a health hazard to the marine life, police officers who occupy the post, fisherfolk and their customers.
Over one hundred persons, including members of the fishing village, came together to remove garbage from the beach and the general complex. One fisherman made an appeal to members of the public, especially those living in the Kingston 20 area to desist from disposing of waste in the Sandy Gully.
Corporal A Clarke of the Portmore Marine division and his team have committed themselves to continue with the efforts. The fisher folks have also pledged to maintain the property as they have seen the effects of improper garbage disposal.
“Marine life is greatly affected by waste on beaches. It is necessary to keep our beaches clean if we hope to keep our oceans and our marine life farm,” said Corporal Clarke.
By Franklin McKnight