Description of the project:

From September 2019 to September 2020, CANARI will collaborate with the Caribbean ICT Research Programme (CIRP), Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of the West (UWI-CERMES), Western Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission (WECAFC) and the fisheries authorities of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines to implement the StewardFish project.

StewardFish  is aimed at implementing the 10-year Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Shared Living Marine Resources of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (CLME+ SAP) within seven CRFM Member States (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) 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. The project  is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

CANARI’s work will contribute to  three of the project’s four core components , specifically:

  • Component 1: Develop organisational capacity for fisheries governance

Outcome 1.1: Fisherfolk have improved their organization capacity to meet objectives that enhance well-being

  • Component 2: Enhance ecosystem stewardship for fisheries sustainability

Outcome 2.1 Increased participatory Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) application with focus on healthier habitats and pollution reduction

  • Component 3: Secure sustainable livelihoods for food and nutrition security

Outcome 3.1: Livelihoods throughout fisheries value chains balance development with conservation for food and nutrition security

See here for more information on CANARI’s work under StewardFish .

Graphic: StewardFish project Framework. Courtesy the FAO


Key outputs and activities:

The activities for which CANARI will be taking the lead   will contribute to achieving these high-level outcomes through the following specific outputs and activities:

Leaders with strengthened capacity in management, administration, planning, sustainable finance, leadership and other operational skills      

CANARI will select and train mentors from the 7 target project countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) to conduct fisherfolk organisational capacity needs assessments, using the PISCES organisational capacity assessment tool, and provide fisherfolk organisational strengthening to the national fisherfolk organisations (NFOs)/lead primary fisherfolk organisations (PFOs) in their respective project countries. Findings from the organisational assessments will also be used to develop a capacity building approach appropriate for the fisherfolk organisations, and design a mentoring programme to be delivered by the in-country mentors to address priorities identified in the organisational needs assessment. Support will also be provided to fisherfolk organisations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines to implement pilot capacity building projects to address priority needs identified in their organisational needs assessments.

State agency implementation gaps assessed regarding support for fisherfolk organisations and their role in stewardship

Institutional analyses and organisational assessments will be conducted with key fisheries-related state agencies and NFOs to assess gaps in and recommend priorities to improve support for fisherfolk organisations and their role in stewardship in the 7 target countries

Schemes for sustainable fisheries livelihoods reviewed in order to learn from them and adapt future activities

Past and current fisheries-related livelihoods and socio-economic projects in the Caribbean, with focus on Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, will be analysed in order to learn about achievements and issues from fisherfolk perspectives. Using the findings from this analysis, communication products highlighting sustainable fisheries livelihood opportunities, profiles and best practices of fisherfolk pursuing complementary or alternative livelihoods will be developed and shared with relevant stakeholders.

Use of local fish in healthy diets promoted through public policies and private enterprises 

National workshops in 2-3 selected target countries will be undertaken to conduct participatory analyses of fisheries value chains (with fisherfolk, private sector agencies, and fisheries authorities) to map opportunities for additional marketing and distribution of current and new seafood products, especially consistent with childhood nutrition.


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For more information, contact Melanie Andrews, Technical Officer, at [email protected]