Description of the project:

From August 2020 to July 2021 ESSA Technologies Ltd. (ESSA) will collaborate with the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and other technical experts to implement the project “Improving Fisheries Governance and Management in the Eastern Caribbean to Benefit from the Blue Economy”. The Project will generate knowledge and outputs applicable to the OECS region, however, the research and stakeholder engagement will be focused on the three target countries of Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. See here for the project summary.

The USD404,000 project is being funded by the World Bank.

Project goal:

The project aims to help identify specific priority interventions in policies, infrastructure and capacity building that will strengthen fisheries management and governance at the national and regional levels and has four contributing steps:


Step 1: Scoping

The current state of fisheries management framework will be assessed through a rapid stocktaking exercise. This will include desk-based research and utilize the experiences of Project Team members to refine the scope and effectively implement the project.

 Step 2: Diagnosing the community and commercial fishery value

This step requires understanding the range of values which communities place on selected small-scale fisheries across OECS focal countries and assessing the cost-effectiveness of fisheries management systems in place at the local level, both in their current form and as they could be under alternative management scenarios. It also involves understanding the value of selected commercial fisheries using quantitative fisheries and economic analysis and assessing the

effectiveness of current and alternative management strategies against social, economic, financial and environmental criteria.

Step 3: Assessing fisheries institutions and regulatory frameworks

This step entails national reviews of the regulatory framework for fisheries management, including recreational fisheries and co-management, and an assessment of national capacities for effective fisheries governance. These assessments will help identify governance gaps, explore strategies to formalize the fisheries sector, and generate recommendations for addressing gaps.

Step 4: Developing a Regional Fisheries Strategy

The 1999 OECS Fisheries Management and Development Strategy will be upgraded so that it provides the enabling environment needed for today’s fisheries sector to transition to a sustainable, inclusive and resilient blue economy into the future. The updated OECS FMD-SAP will serve as both a roadmap and a practical implementation tool to strengthen governance mechanisms and institutions aligned with blue economy objectives and soften norms and structures that undermine this potential.




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For more information, please contact Jimena Eyzaguirre (ESSA) at [email protected] (613-798-1300)