Guyana will no longer be able to export hassar, gillbacker, and cuirass to the U.S. These fish are a significant part of the export basket of fishing products to the US. This loss will add to the ever shrinking foreign reserve earnings of the country and to unemployment in the fishing industry.
Guyana was given 18 months to revamp its regulations and inspection manual to confirm to the new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements. This grace period ended on September 1, 2017.
The Guyana Department of Fisheries was unable to comply so the Guyana economy will now take another blow. Chief Fisheries Officer, Denzil Roberts, was very evasive about the reasons for the non-compliance but I suspect that the Ministry of Fisheries was asleep at the wheel. In other jurisdictions, heads would roll.
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