Could Hellshire Fish Vendors be Asked to Leave?

Vendors and fisherfolk who conduct business at the popular Hellshire beach in Portmore, St. Catherine, could be asked to leave.

That’s according to the National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA.

For years the attraction has been experiencing severe beach erosion, brought on by both natural factors like climate change, as well as manmade causes.

Beaches Coordinator at NEPA, Chalene Roye Myrie, says one human activity that’s causing beach erosion at Hellshire, is the construction of shops too close to the water.

She says NEPA along with other agencies are crafting a master plan to address the issue.

Mrs. Roye Myrie says the removal of vendors and fisher folks, is among the recommendations being explored.

Chalene Roye Myrie, Beaches Coordinator at NEPA, speaking yesterday with Nationwide News. She could not provide a timeline for when the master plan will be rolled out.

But, Mrs. Roye Myrie says extensive consultations will occur before any action is taken.

In the meantime, Mrs. Myrie says Hellshire is also being impacted by the influx of a sea weed known as sargassum.

She explained the potential danger of the sargassum.

Chalene Roye Myrie, Beaches Coordinator at the National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA, speaking yesterday with Nationwide News. She says the quantity of sargassum on Jamaican beaches, is not yet posing those risks.

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