Flashback: Fishermen on the broken jetty at Parlatuvier, Tobago.

A temporary Parlatuvier jetty will be constructed in less than two months time after the original one broke into two last week.

Yesterday Tobago House of Assembly’s (THA) Division of Infrastructure, Quarries, and the Environment Secretary Kwesi Des Vignes said he remains troubled about the state of the Parlatuvier jetty.

He said his division will construct a temporary jetty in six to seven weeks after it heard recommendations from all stakeholders. Two feasible options would be presented to the Parlatuvier fisherfolk on March 31.

After that, the division will seek a Certificate of Environmental Clearance from the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) for both options.

At a news conference on Monday at the division’s headquarters, two of the division’s senior experts and Des Vignes laid the division’s plan on the table.

Senior Technical Officer Abdallah Chadband said creating a floating jetty or small vessel to transport or hoist the fish from vessel to shore, as suggested by some users, was not feasible.

“ (We plan) to create a runway down into the ocean possibly about 80 feet. We know that the platform at the top is about 20 feet high. This would allow the fisherfolk to move with vehicles on something like that… and move heavier things like engines.”

Chadband said the other option is to create hexapods.

“These are concrete moles, are easier to take out when you stack them together as some spaces are created that allow for better movement of water, so it reduces the impact of algae growth.”

He said this allowed for easier removal when the division is ready to build the permanent jetty. He said the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited presented the jetty’s plan to the division in January 2021.

But the THA Secretary could not say when the permanent structure will be built as there are no funds.

Des Vignes added the THA is allocated $200 million annually for the island’s development. However, he did not rule out sourcing funds through bonds.

He said US$15 million is sourced from the CAF Andean Development Bank for coastal projects such as the Little Tobago jetty, Pigeon Point Coast, and Grange Bay Sea Wall.

Des Vignes could not say when the loan might be approved to begin the environmental projects. The THA is going through the process of meeting the loan requirements, he said.