Article Review of 'A Livelihoods Analysis of the Water Taxi Operators in the Grenadines'

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The source that I have chosen to discuss is "A livelihoods analysis of the water taxi operators in the Grenadines", by A. Cooke, R. Mahon and P. McConney. The article appeared in CERMES Technical Report No. 9, and was published in 2007. The following is an excerpt from this source: ORIGINAL SOURCE: The major daily operating costs relate to the gasoline and oil consumed for the water taxi operation. The cost of preparing food for customers when requested is incurred by some operators. Few operators could give an accurate account of how much they spend. Many could however estimate the cost of gasoline and oil for daily operation and in some cases for a trip to the Tobago Cays (Appendix 6). According to one operator from Carriacou, his boat which is 6.5 m long uses up to 75 litres of gas per day costing up to US$60.00 along with the four bottles of oil which cost US$5.00/bottle Many operators do not have insurance for their boats: liability or boat loss. This is due to the difficulty in getting insurance for wooden boats. Two operators do however have their boats insured. One is among the largest boats which has passed the inspections of the Grenada Port Authority. The premium is US $5000.00 each year. In addition he is required to pay XCD$275.00 in tax each year on his operation. These costs along with the other operation, maintenance and repair costs are proving to be burdensome given the low recent tourist arrivals in Carriacou. This paragraph discusses the

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