The government says it will establish four additional fish sanctuaries this financial year, as it continues its push to expand its programme to protect and sustain the island’s fishing industry.

The new facilities will bring to 18 the number of sanctuaries across the island, with 14 already in operation.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Derrick Kellier, made the announcement during a meeting with fisheries stakeholders in St. Mary last Thursday, following a boat tour of the Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary.

Fish sanctuaries are no-fishing zones reserved for the reproduction of fish populations.

Minister Kellier says the sanctuaries have proven to be helpful in replenishing fish populations.