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Mr. Winsbert Harry of St. Vincent and Grenadines recovering after boat sunk carrying supplies for the fisherfolk of SVG suffering from the effects of the volcano eruption.

Pictured here is Winsbert who was badly burnt in the incident and his boat crew. They received some help since they are unable to work.

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Good morning fisherfolk across our region,

Today, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic plaguing the world, we are unable to celebrate our Labour day in our usual traditional way. However, as we take this pause, let us give thanks to God for replenishing the oceans that allow us to continue plying our trade. Let us respect the ocean and fish with common sense and be mindful of our future generations and sustain our fisheries for their sake. Let us apply the ecosystems approach to fisheries.

While I acknowledge that our jobs may not be harder than others, I want to emphasise that we are a unique group of people. Unique because we were a part of the chosen people God called to be his disciples. This was because of the simplicity of the fishers back then.

To our fishers, vendors, boat owners and other stakeholders in this industry, while you stand not on podiums or sit behind desk with computers to ply your trade, you like all other hard working people in our societies must be acknowledged for your very important contribution to the feeding of our nations and providing healthy fish to add to the diets of many people. Your contribution which is sometimes overlooked, and which you yourselves may not be aware, add value to many government ministries.

In Barbados for example, fisherfolk contribute to:
1. Health and wellness, Ministry of Health and Wellness
2. Employment, Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations
3. Foreign exchange through the export of tunas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign trade
4. Blue Economy, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy
5. Food security, Ministry Agriculture and Food Security.

These contributions and services will always be appreciated by Caribbean citizens and those working in the regional fishing industry.

To the families of fisherfolk who may have lost their lives at sea or from other circumstances, I wish to offer on behalf of our fisherfolk our deepest condolences. Their contributions then are greatly appreciated and profoundly missed.

Let’s shout across the ocean to each other and join with me and say
HAPPY LABOUR DAY FISHERFOLK!

From Vernel Nicholls
President of BARNUFO and member of the CNFO.
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Final chance to register for tonight's leadership training specially for women and youth .Sessions are only open to women and young fisherfolk up to 40 years old. From the following countries - Antigua and Barbuda, Belize and Saint Lucia:

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No negative impacts to small-scale fisheries to be embraced in all national and regional initiatives, and a focus on integrating, improving and developing the fisheries sector is incorporated into any blue economy or other related national development. ... See MoreSee Less

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The fundamental issue of securing Caribbean small scale fisheries can be addressed using guidance that is already accepted by the Caribbean Community and this is found in the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP), and the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines).

Both policy documents were embraced in 2014, and the
SSF Guidelines was incorporated into the CCCFP by Caribbean leaders in 2018.
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Blue economy buzz has private investors wooing governments to marginalize small-scale fisheries in favor of large investments in
the ocean space.

This is not founded in the reality that over 90% of the human actors in the “blue” space are small-scale fishers (Kenya Blue conference 2018). Many of the large-scale proposals are harmful to small-scale fisheries and the ecosystems that are foundational (such are ocean-based aquaculture).
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