Port of Spain, November 8, 2019 – Fisherfolk leaders, mentors and representatives of the Department of Fisheries from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines participated in the Caribbean Fisherfolk Mentors Training workshop in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from October 29th to November 1st.

The workshop was a key activity under the “Developing Organisational Capacity for Ecosystem Stewardship and Livelihoods in Caribbean Small-Scale Fisheries (StewardFish)” project which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

 

During the opening ceremony for the workshop Terrence Phillips, Regional Project Coordinator for StewardFish, FAO noted that the countries participating in StewardFish face difficult problems associated with the sustainable development of fisheries, including insufficient financial resources and human capacity in state institutions; and lack of organisational, human, financial and technical capacity among non-state actors such as fisherfolk”.

The StewardFish project is aimed at addressing these issues by empowering fisherfolk throughout fisheries value-chains to engage in resource management, decision-making processes and sustainable livelihoods, with strengthened institutional support at all levels.

 

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