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The Forgotten Ones

By OPOKU WARE

Fisher Folk who operate their trade from the Scarborough Port are wondering why the THA authorities have not provided the infrastructural facilities needed at the Scarborough Port which will help them to improve their service to the public. The fishermen who ply their trade from the Scarborough Port function without any toilet facilities, no cold storage, no electricity and no proper security.

When the Tobago News visited the fisher folk at the Port, where there was an open shed with only one water pipe and the fisher folk provided their own ice coolers for their catch.

Despite this suitation, the Scarborough fisher folk continue to do their duty by daily supplying the public with their loads of fresh fish.

Two of the stalwarts of the Scarborough fishing community are Arthur Stewart and Junior McKoul. Junior was a former employee of the THA Works Division who walked off his job and took to the sea to make a living. Having grown up at the Scarborough waterfront, Junior began his fishing exploits by diving with his fishing spear guns close to the shore and shooting mostly rock fishes. As time went on, he acquired a boat and was able to increase his catch.

He even began exporting to the lucrative United States market.

At present, Junior McKoul remains one of the main operators at the Scarborough Port despite the main lack of facilities or funding from the authorities in Tobago.

Arthur Stewart is a most remarkable man. He earned the reputation of being the physically strongest around Scarborough.

In his younger days as a sportsman he represented Tobago in both football and cricket.

During many of his cricket innings, he would hit the ball way out of the Shaw Park ground. He also had the ability to throw the football in one hand form the goal post to goal post.

After Arthur's father John Stewart experimented with building a mega fishing boat for many years, it was Arthur who realised his dad's dream by constructing a large fishing boat all by himself.

When the Tobago News asked Arthur what assistance he got to build this 'super boat', he humbly replied, "I am a proud man and I do not like to beg anyone for anything."

Today Arthur's boat is the 'Flag Ship' of the Scarborough fishing community, and although those in authority seem to have forgotten the daily sacrifices and risks of these great seafarers, Arthur Stewart had attained the legendary status among Tobagonians whom he and others like him continue to serve their daily diet of fresh protein rich fish.

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Larnell said on Friday, Apr 20 at 7:29 AM

Why are theses countries so backward. Fishing have been the backbone of Tobago since the beginning of time, and the government still have not provided proper facilities for the fishemen. What a disgrace. All the third world countries are surpassing Trinidad and Tobago by leaps and bounds, and it is truly sad. When will the government wake up and bring Trinidad and Tobago up to a state of good repair, so that when tourist visit, they can leave and yearn to return, becuse the country has been upgraded.

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the virginian said on Friday, Apr 20 at 9:19 AM

The core problem is that government--big daddy,the paternalistic one--is viewed as the ubiquitous provider.How are these fishermen trying to help themselves?Can't they pool resources and make a move?Why wait for a slow-moving tortoise-like government body to act?I understand there's great wealth among a few indigenous Tobagonians.If so,aren't there hedge fund-like investors there,willing and able to take some risk in exploiting this critical endeavor?Or,just about everyone wants central government or THA to do every doggone thing to meet their needs while they sit back,twiddle their thumbs,complain and wait.I know some of you might say "Oh! Tobago is a small place with little private capital available for such potentially risky projects." Well,if Tobago doesn't have the means,seek them elsewhere.I forgot Tobagonians,as a whole,don't trust outsiders for they'd steal or usurp the land,the fishing boats,tackles,nets and other associated accoutrements.C'mon people,move.

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Apr 21 at 7:40 AM

Virginia they are helping themselves they are still producing to the country under uncivalized circumstances.Its irritating when people miss the important things and focus only on the negatives,this does not help productive interaction.The facts are goverment has a responsiblity to the coutry and its citizens,and when citizens are playing avital role,they should pool collectively together to produce productive results to what is already in store.We all have rolls and its these rolls which,benefits best if worked together correctly.Thats why Virginia i would always say your big words ,in my opinion when you speak so much BULLS##T, MAKE YOU SOUND DUM,LOOKING FOR ATTENTION.Maybe if you focus on simply words thats when you would start sounding educated,and that does not include everyone who uses big words,its so just in your case.And i am not hating you.Its just my honest opinion,reading all of your blogs.

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the virginian said on Saturday, Apr 21 at 8:00 PM

Anonymous @ 7:40AM,if objectivity isn't alien to you,a critical analysis of our comments should indubitably reveal that,at least,one of us is more proficient and dexterous than the other.Draw your own conclusion.Notwithstanding your earlier half-baked comments,I know how much you anticipate my bloggs but aren't sufficiently secure to accordingly confirm;but I understand.

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 22 at 7:15 AM

The fact is yours are for the most negative towards Tobago and Tobagonians.You have too much of a jealous hate ,love Till Tobago.That is called instability.You ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.You are right,i should not place comments on your blogs.thanks for putting me in my place,from now on i understand you are to be ignored.And as you like your comments.i live my half baked comments ,but in the future would try to be clearer in my explanation and understanding of things.Since i am anomynous how do you know which blogs i have written.

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RJ said on Monday, Apr 23 at 3:00 PM

Where is all the money budgeted for improvement in agri and fishing being spent???

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