FISHING IN CARRIACOU
Written by George Grant on November 16, 2012
FUNDING FOR ENHANCING THE LIVELIHOODS OF FISHERMEN SECURED
Hillsborough – Fishing is said to contribute over $4m annually to the Grenadian economy; therefore protecting and enhancing the livelihoods of fishermen is of major importance to the Government of Grenada.
Funding has been secured through CARIBSAVE to work with the fishermen in Carriacou who have been displaced by the operations of the MPA.
CARIBSAVE is a non profit regional organization in the Caribbean with its headquarters in Barbados, formed in 2008 as a partnership initiative between the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and the University of Oxford.
The project is funded to the tune of US$140,000, with part being used to provide equipment that will extend the capacity for offshore fishing by local fisherman, thereby reducing pressure on nearby fish stocks and providing an alternative to fishing in the protected area.
It also makes provision for the appointment of an additional warden for the Sandy Island/Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area, and for the construction of a patrol boat.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs Bernadette Lendore-Sylvester and CARIBSAVE Eastern Caribbean Coordinator Newton Eristhee, paving the way for the project to commence.
Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator George Prime who is also Minister for the Environment, hailed the project and said it is timely, as Government continues to seek ways to enhance and protect the tri-island state pristine marine environment.