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Mr. Mitchell at the International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability, Rome.Mitchell Lay delivering the Keynote Address on Securing Sustainable Fisheries Livelihoods at the International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability in Rome, Italy.
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Sean Walker, a bona-fide fisherman, was born, raised and resides in Gouyave, St. John’s: the fishing capital of Grenada. He is highly motivated and a dedicated fisher with good leadership qualities and good interactive skills. He is an active member of the Gouyave Fishermen Co-operative Society Ltd and is a lead fisher supporting and promoting conservation and sustainable practices by fishers and other stakeholders. As a volunteer, he participated in a Climate Change Adaptation community awareness program in 2018.
Sean has 18+ years record of fishing experience in both inshore and deep-sea fishing techniques; he is the owner and captain of a fishing vessel targeting mainly yellowfin tuna. Sean, after attending primary school, graduated from the New Life Organisation (NEWLO), a Life Skills and Vocational Training Centre for Youth. As a Fisher, he participated at various Fisheries workshops and training sessions and is the holder of many local certificates. He is also certified by the Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute (Trinidad) in several disciplines. Sean is a trained MPA ranger.
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Free online leadership training for Fisherfolk. ... See MoreSee Less

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Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries (CC4FISH) and the Poverty Nexus for Enhancing Resilient Fisheries Livelihoods and Food security in Barbados, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis Projects collaborated on a one day workshop:

Developing a value chain for the Nevis Fisherman’s Marketing & Supply Co-operative” , November 14, 2019 , Conference Room, Department of Agriculture, Nevis.
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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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2 months ago

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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