The Coast Guard has increased its patrols in the Berbice
River following recent attacks on fishermen by pirates.
Sources close to the Coast Guard unit told this newspaper
yesterday, while no one has been arrested or intercepted,
ranks have been maintaining constant patrols and
surveillance in the river. The source said the unit does not
anticipate any arrests at the moment since the pirates are
well informed about the Coast Guard's presence thanks to the
press. The source noted that it was normal for the pirates
to lay low once the patrols get underway.
Meanwhile, the fishermen whose boats were recently
stripped of their engines and nets failed to pull off a
meeting on Saturday geared to discuss security issues.
Stabroek News was told that no one turned up for the
meeting, since many felt it would not yield anything. The
meeting was to have discussed among other things a protest
action, issues relating to security and also to form a
delegation to meet President Bharrat Jagdeo. It is not clear
whether another meeting is planned, but as far as some of
the fishermen are concerned their security lies in their own
Brijmohan Rudranauth, from Mon Repos, said he did not
show up for the meeting. While some of his colleagues were
able to rent engines and get back into business, he was yet
to get started. He complained that his employees have all
moved over to other vessels.
Asked about the proposals for the setting up of a Coast
Guard base at Berbice, the army source said years ago there
was a base there but for some reason it was removed.
Stabroek News was told last week that the pirates are
former and current fishermen operating from three main bases
at Number 64 Village, Mahaica and Waini Point.
Asked whether the GDF have intentions of raiding these
areas, the army source said once they received any
information, searches would be made.
Last week during a visit by Minister of Agriculture
Satyadeow Sawh, fishermen criticised the Albion and New
Amsterdam police stations for not acting upon reports. The
fishermen also requested that there be co-operation among