San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello will be meeting with fish vendors today to discuss their concerns regarding the San Fernando Fish Market.
Vendors complained about the dilapidated conditions at the market after their stalls in front of the building were demolished by Municipal Police and Public Health Department officials from the San Fernando City Corporation.
Shortly after the exercise on Tuesday morning, spokesman Dhanraj “Bhagi” Ramkissoon complained to Guardian Media that the space within the facility is too small to accommodate fish vendors, cleaners, and customers. “The reason why we vend outside is because we don’t have proper facilities, proper cold storage, proper stalls with running water. The roof is leaking as you can see and the space is very small. We can’t have no social distancing.”
He said the markets only open from 4 am to 11.30 am and there is no security. He said they also threw away the bins they use to store their ice and fish. Admitting that the market was below the required standards, Regrello said the vendors still have to adhere to proper public health guidelines.
He said, “COVID-19 gives us an opportunity to address public health issues in a very big way beginning with our lifestyle and how we eat.”
He said the clean up exercise was conducted after a customer complained to the Public Health Department that a vendor at the market sold her rotten fish.
During the exercise, he said the public health officials seized 70 pounds of rotten shrimp and several old appliances.