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Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tues. May 9, 2006: Guyanese officials yesterday were celebrating the re-certification by the U.S. of shrimp exportation from that country to the American market.

This follows the implementation of the Turtle Excluder Device which was put in place Fisheries Act of 2002 to ensure compliance with the US requirements while six inspectors were trained to allow the program to function more effectively.

Harripersaud Nokta, who is acting as the country’s new minister of agriculture, fisheries, other crops and livestock, at the press conference yesterday said the re-certification would ensure that the fishing industry would not have to seek alternative markets for shrimp.
Over 90 percent of the shrimp harvested in Guyana is exported to the USA and account for earnings of approximately $6.9B.

U.S. laws prohibit importation of shrimp harvested in a manner that may adversely affect sea turtle species, in addition to shrimp products.

The certificate, valid for the period 2006-2007, has been dedicated in honor of the late minister, Satyadeow Sawh, who served in the capacity now occupied by Nokta and who was assassinated on April 22 at his La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara home.

Minister Nokta said the late ‘Sash Sawh’ had worked relentlessly to ensure annual certification by the USA. – Hardbeatnews.cpm