A fisherman processes a fish during the 2014 Fisherman’s Day celebrations. (IWN Photo)

The 40th anniversary of the Fisherman’s Day celebrations will be observed this year under the theme “Forty years of harvest, expect no less, fish is the best”.

The slogan selected is “Put a fish on your dish.”

This year’s celebrations serve as a significant achievement, particularly for those involved in the fishing industry, fishers and their families, auxiliary workers and other stakeholders, said Chief Fisheries Officer Jennifer Cruickshank-Howard.

In addition, it is an opportune time for all to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of our fisher folk to this country’s economy and culture and to the health of our citizens, she said.

This year, 40 days of activities are planned in commemoration of the 40th year’s celebrations.

Fisherman’s Day activities will commence on April 16 and culminate on Whit Monday, May 25.

Throughout the 40 days celebration, a number of activities will be held including; the primary schools poster competitions, a marine science exhibition among secondary schools, the tots in marine life, radio quizzes and the highly anticipated fish nights.

The dates for these activities along with other planned activities will be announced at a further date.

A Fisherman’s Day committee meeting was held on March 5 and an eight-member executive was selected to serve on this year’s committee.

Winsbert Harry has been selected as chairman for the third consecutive year.

Other members of the executive committee are Vice chairman Leonard Charles, Secretary Alisa Martin, Assistant Secretary Linda Grant, Treasurer Reshevski Jack, Assistant Treasurer Jennifer Cruickshank-Howard, Public Relations Officer Junior Sutherland, and Assistant PRO Audwin Andrews.

Fisherman’s Day activities will be held at the Calliaqua Fisheries Center.