HC Deb 21 April 1943 vol 388 c1704W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is being done to develop the fishery resources of the West Indies; whether he will ensure that the proposals of Dr. H. Brown, director of fisheries investigation in the comptroller of developments staff will immediately be put into operation to meet the local protein shortage; and whether the proposals put forward for Trinidad fisheries will be implemented?

Colonel Stanley

Two schemes have been made under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act for the investigation of the fisheries of the West Indies. The first scheme provides for a detailed investigation of the fisheries of the various Colonies, which is being conducted by Dr. H. H. Brown. Dr. Brown's investigations have been interrupted to enable him to take part in the second scheme which provides for a joint Anglo-American survey of the fisheries of the Eastern Caribbean. This survey was commenced early in January and is expected to occupy six months. The United States Government has provided a survey vessel and an expert free of charge. The proposals made by Dr. Brown in the reports which he has completed so far are being adopted as far as possible by the Governments concerned.