In an effort to curb illegal fishing in Guyana’s waters, the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday signed the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which will see the implementation of measures to battle the scourge.According to the Ministry, the project, valued at US$500,000, is funded by the FAO and includes “technical assistance” and a “monitoring and evaluation process”. It is expected to be completed within the next 18 months.The Agriculture Ministry noted that once the measures were implemented, Guyana would “benefit tremendously” as the PSMA would ensure that the country maintained its fish stock.“Guyana will now be able to integrate and coordinate fisheries [and] related Port State Measures with the broader system of Port State controls,” a release from the Agriculture Ministry stated.Agriculture Ministry Permanent Secretary George Jervis was said to have expressed gratitude to the FAO, noting that the intervention was “timely”.“The fishing industry is one of the most important contributing sectors to Guyana’s revenue as the country exports more than 60 per cent of its catch. This industry is responsible for the livelihood of approximately 15,000 persons and their families,” the statement added.FAO Country Representative to Guyana, Reuben Robertson explained that the Organisation would be giving technical assistance in the implementation of measures against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.“IUU fishing hinders the growth of developing countries such as Guyana. This agreement is considered as one of the most cost-effective and useful enforcement tools for combating IUU fishing. It significantly reduces the need for surveillance and inspection of fishing vessels at sea in favour of inspections at port,” he stated.Earlier this year, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had revealed that in 2015, the marine sub-sector produced “35,835MT (metric tonnes) of seafood, raised revenue to the sum of G$25,426,250 and recorded exports of 21,568MT or US$71 million (G$14.7Billion)”.With the implementation of this agreement, it is envisaged that the sub-sector would increase its financial contribution to the economy. To date, 33 States, including the US, Canada and France have already signed on to the PSMA.
“This is wonderful for him,” Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney said. “Aaron has worked very hard in the classroom and on the football field. He’s a good football player, and he probably would have been a big-time recruit if he was just a little bigger.” Thomas is the first Notre Dame football player to sign with Harvard – which, as a member of the Ivy League, doesn’t grant athletic scholarships – since offensive lineman John Simic in 1985. “Of course, the biggest challenge is going to be balancing academics and football, but I’m ready,” Thomas said. “Notre Dame is tough but Harvard is going to be way tougher. I think I’m going to be all right.” This semester, Thomas has helped Notre Dame’s basketball team to the secondround of the Div.I-AA playoffs, in which it will play host to Thousand Oaks on Tuesday. Thomas said he plans to attend law school, but he’s not sure if he wants to be an attorney or a sports agent. “Sports is my passion, so being an agent is a way to stay close to sports without being a pro athlete,” Thomas said. “Plus, I’ve got so many friends that might play pro ball one day: my football teammates Sam DeMartinis, Charlie Carmichael and Shane Horton, plus Mike Stanton, who might play pro baseball. I have other friends at other schools, too, like (running backs) Milton Knox (Birmingham of Lake Balboa) and J.J. DiLuigi (Canyon).” Knox said such a deal sounds fine with him. “We were all hanging out, and Aaron said by the time he graduates from Harvard, he’ll still be a year older than me, so he’ll be my agent,” said Knox, a junior. “I told him I’d take it into consideration.” Knox, who set a Birmingham record with 2,347 yards rushing lastseason, said he’s narrowed his top-five college choices to UCLA, USC, Cal, Notre Dame and Florida State. UCLA and Florida State already have offered scholarships (along with outsider Mississippi), and the others are recruiting him heavily and are expected to offer soon. “Those are my top five, but I’m pretty wide-open right now. I think I’ll take some visits,” Knox said. Cal State Northridge guard Jonathan Heard provided a couple of spectacular highlights Wednesday in a 91-74 victory over visiting UCDavis, twice slam-dunking over 7-2 Michael Boone. “Have I ever dunked over a 7-2 guy before? No, but my adrenaline was really pumping,” said Heard, a 6-5 junior from Inglewood who is averaging 14.9 points. There isn’t a more enthusiastic public address announcer than CrespiHigh of Encino athletic director Dick Dornan. The community will miss Hart of Newhall’s passionate girls’ basketball coach Dave Munroe, who will retire after the season. Munroe has won 15 league titles in 18 seasons, and his teams have reached the section title game fivetimes (four over the past fiveyears), winning twice. Munroe is 380-122 overall, a winning percentage of .757. High-profile basketball transfer Keegan Hornbuckle of Campbell Hall of North Hollywood will face his former team when the Vikings play at Oaks Christian of Westlake Village at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hornbuckle, a 6-6 sophomore who averages about 10 points and fiverebounds per game, has come on strong during the second half of the season, helping Campbell Hall (25-1) to 17 consecutive victories, all but three by 15 points or more. “Keegan has really stepped up for us. He’s going to be a heck of a player,” coach Terry Kelly said. The team’s other key transfer, high-scoring Dallas Rutherford from Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills, continues to be bothered by a knee injury. He has played sporadically this season, sitting out the past fourgames, including the first-round playoff victory New Roads of SantaMonica on Friday. “Dallas just never has felt comfortable since coming back, and he keeps on getting the knee re-examined,” Kelly said. Robert Stock, who decided to forgo his senior season at Agoura High – and a possible million-dollar professional baseball contract as a high draft choice next summer – to attend USC a year early is getting playing time for the Trojans despite being just 17. Stock entered this past weekend with two saves in two appearances, and was batting .217 with one home run in 23 at-bats as a part-time catcher. He has also played errorless defense. “It was a good decision to come to USC,” he said. “I’m a much better baseball player because of it, and I’m a better person, too.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears Sundays in the Daily News. email@example.com (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a good opportunity to get the best education in the world,” Thomas said. “Just to play college football in general is a good opportunity, so I’m very excited.” Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 243-pounder, has nearly a 4.0 grade-point average, and scored 2,050 out of a possible 2,400 on the SAT. We have a Harvard man in our midst. Aaron Thomas, a defensive tackle from Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, has committed to play football at Harvard.