Description of the project:

From April 2017 to March 2020, CANARI partnered with the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources – Anguilla, the Fisheries and Ocean Governance Unit – Montserrat, and the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of the West Indies to implement the project Climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat

The project aimed to mainstream climate change adaptation into fisheries governance and management in Anguilla and Montserrat, using an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF).

It was funded by the Darwin Plus: Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund. See here for the project brief.




Key results

  • Adaptation to climate change and variability mainstreamed into fisheries governance and management, using EAF, in Anguilla and Montserrat. This included:
    • building the capacity of fisheries authorities, fisherfolk and other coastal and marine resource users at the national and community levels to undertake vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning, apply EAF and communicate about climate change and potential adaptation actions;
    • mobilising knowledge and action through awareness raising and advocacy on adaptation priorities and actions to change policy and practice in the fisheries sector; and
    • strengthening the enabling environment for climate change adaptation and EAF through developing a Small Coastal Pelagics Fisheries Management Plan for Anguilla and updating the Fisheries and Ocean Resources Plan for Montserrat.
  • A sense of ownership instilled within fisherfolk and local adaptation actions and ecosystem stewardship promoted through small grants and mentoring to the Anguilla Fisher Folk Association, Anguilla Fishing Cooperative, Montserrat Fishing and Boaters Association and Montserrat Fishing Cooperative.
  • Improved resilience and sustainability of fisheries, associated livelihoods and conservation of the marine environment in Anguilla and Montserrat.

See the story map for summary of key results, lessons learned and recommendations from the project. (Story map can be accessed via photo above or here)


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For more information, contact Ainka Granderson, Senior Technical Officer, at [email protected].