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A Paraparaumu Beach based international non-profit organisation is improving and empowering Bangladeshi fishing communities by David Haxton March 26,2020   |  Source: Kapiti News

A Paraparaumu Beach based international non-profit organisation is improving and empowering Bangladeshi fishing communities. FISH Safety Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting safety in the fishing industry around the world, has launched re-FISH.

"The project is all about recycling, reconditioning, re-using and re-purposing fishing, safety and vessel gear and equipment that is no longer being used in more developed parts of the world and taking it to communities that really need it," FISH Safety Foundation chief executive Eric Holliday said. The initiative came as a response to the foundation's first visit to Bangladesh in which it became clear that one of the key factors of safety, equipment, was missing. "Here in New Zealand we are particularly focusing on sourcing lifejackets, and other gear like first aid supplies, epirbs, radios, right down to tools, for fishers in Bangladesh. "The need is massive. "We've already delivered some equipment to Bangladesh, where we're working on another project, and have seen the difference this help makes.

"Beyond the immediate environmental benefits for Kiwis, ensuring that unused gear doesn't end up in the tip, or worse, the sea, there are added benefits to the Bangladeshi fishing community in terms of improving safety outcomes,

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