Continuous pollution of Rio Cobre thwarting fish restocking efforts – Friends of Rio Cobre President Kesonard Gordon

Residents of the Jericho community in Linstead, St. Catherine have expressed frustration over another fish kill in the Rio Cobre.

Yesterday, the National Environment and Planning Agency confirmed that the fish kill was caused by pollution on Friday night.

The Agency says it is investigating the matter.

However, some residents say the repeated pollution incidents in the Rio Cobre are affecting the livelihoods of fisherfolk in the area negatively.

Speaking with IRIE FM news, President of Advocacy Group, Friends of Rio Cobre, Kesonard Gordon said the continuous pollution of the river is thwarting fish restocking efforts.

The latest restocking was carried out last year, following a previous fish kill.

Mr Gordon said fisherfolk in the Jericho area will feel the impact of the spill for at least a year.

He explained further that transportation-related costs for fisherfolk who wish to fish in other sections of the river miles away would be an added financial burden.


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