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2019 Gladding Memorial Award- Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) WINNER goes to MR. WINSBERT HARRY.

One of the CNFOs very own executive leader shining time. Winsbert Harry.
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This is Winston Hazelwood of Barrouallie, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). He is the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the National Fisherfolk Organisation of SVG, Vice President of Barrouallie Fisherfolk Cooperative and Vice President of SVG-Fishing Aggregating Device (FADs) group. He is 54 years old and has been fishing for over 40 years.
He started fishing by the rockside, then used Skull boats and now he uses an engine boat to catch dolphin, king fish and tuna. He builds his own boat and fish alone. When FAD was introduced to Barrouuallie, he started FAD fishing. He uses drop line. He teaches other FAD fishers how to make drop line and he shares other techniques with them.
Barrouallie is one of the biggest fishing community in SVG because of the different types of fishing. Blackfish, deep seine, net, skull boats for red snapper, they also fish for king fish and dolphin. A small boat 15 hp is used for FADs. FAD fishing is the biggest fishing activity taking place right now in the community.
Mr. Hazelwood advises all fishers to take fishing as a serious business and to make sure that they have all their safety equipment including their life jacket when going out to fish.
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The Upper Corentyne Fishermen’s Coop hosted a one-day training session on the use of GPS, water testing and records keeping.

The project was funded through a grant from the United Nations Development Programme UNDP.
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Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations

Today is a historic day for the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO). Invitation was extended by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism to attend the 2nd High Level CRFM & OSPESCA Ministerial Meeting taking place in Belize City. Ms. Nadine Nembhard whose at the CNFO Belize office is in attendance.

Ms. Beverly Wade, Chief Fisheries Officer of Belize as Master of Ceremonies spoke about how good it is that the regions come together in a collaborative manner for the long term sustainability of the industry.

At this very important gathering the Ministers are considering lobster fisheries, IUU fishing, traceability system, Queen conch, blue economy, climate change, risk insurance for fishers, WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations among a few other things.

At the Caribbean Fisheries Forum meeting held earlier this year the CNFO recommendations were given. Highlighted were the need to promote underutilised fisheries resources, NGOs promoting conservation measures and the Blue Economy that can have some very negative impacts on the SSF guidelines by taking away space and resources from SSF.
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In collaboration with the Oak Foundation, WorldFish hosted Towards resilient and equitable smallscale fisheries meeting from 3rd to 5th September 2019 in WorldFish headquarters, Penang.

The event was supported by a collaboration between the Oak Foundation and WorldFish through the CGIAR Research Program on Fish-Agri Food Systems (FISH). The meeting convened sixty representatives from social movements, SSF research, civil society, intergovernmental agency and non-government organizations and aims to lead the discussions on the emerging new frontiers for small-scale fisheries.

The World Forum of Fisher Peoples was present.
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CNFO NEWS UPDATE ON TS PREPAREDNESS IN ST. VINCENT GRENADINES. FISHERS SECURING BOATS. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello everyone. I guess by now you would have heard about the weather that is expected to affect Barbados and possibly the Caribbean. I wish all boat owners, fishers and other fisherfolk to please make all necessary precautions to ensure that your vessels and property are safe and secured. Please ensure that you seek safe harbour in a timely manner. Select a focal point, someone to communicate all plans and preparation for the impending weather at your various sites. This would assist in gathering information to assist with any rebound from any disasters if necessary. Share all information you may have of the weather. This weather is developing very rapid with little time for preparation. Be safe. Do not take the weather for granted. Take note of all bulletins.

A message from your CNFO Chair, Ms. Vernel Nicholls
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Barbuda Fisherfolk Day was celebrated on 20th July 2019 with a fishing tournament. Sixteen boats and over sixty fishers participated. This was the first year of celebration. ... See MoreSee Less

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Seventeenth Session of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) Miami, United States of America, 15-18 July 2019

The following items were tabled:
• Regional Plan of Action to address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
• Developments in the management of selected commercial species, such as queen conch, spiny lobster • Capacity building for Regional Fisheries Governance.
• Climate change, vulnerabilities and adaptation in the Western Central Atlantic fisheries and aquaculture
• Data collection reference framework (DCRF) in the WECAFC area

Vernel Nicholls Vernel Nicholls who represented the CNFO says it is important that fisherfolks understand the importance of being involved in the discussions and decisions that affect their livelihoods. Decisions will be made without us for us.
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#Barbados week of celebrating fisherfolks. June 29 is celebrated as Fisherfolk Day across the Caribbean. fisherman's day celebrations. ... See MoreSee Less

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