From May 2019 to December 2019, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), is providing technical assistance for the project entitled the “National Diagnostic of the Functionality of Fisherfolk Organisations in Trinidad and Tobago”. This project is being carried out in support of the Project on the Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Bottom Trawl Fisheries (REBYC-II LAC) and the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Reduction.

The project is being facilitated by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment Marine Laboratory and the University of the West Indies Centre of Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES). CANARI, as the in-country project lead, is working closely with other local partners such as the Fisheries Division of Trinidad and Tobago, the Trinidad and Tobago United Fisherfolk organisation (TTUF) and Future Fishers for the implementation of the Trinidad and Tobago component of this project.




The overall goal of the project is to understand the self-governance capacity of small-scale fishing organisations by characterising and evaluating existing institutional arrangements of the small-scale fisheries sector and identifying areas for support and strengthening capacity.

 Key activities

  • Assisting in the development of the diagnostic tool to fit the Trinbagonian context
  • Executing field surveys with selected fisherfolk organisations and facilitating discussions on areas for capacity development
  • Supporting Duke to produce a report of the study
  • Creating a communication product on the findings of the study for dissemination to fisherfolk organisations with recommendations for capacity development


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