Monday 10 August, 2020

Fisherfolk in the south learn how to adapt to climate change

Fishers in the south of the island are now better prepared to deal with the negative impact of climate on the fisheries sector.

They had their knowledge broaden on the subject at a workshop held at the conference room of the fisheries department in Vieux-Fort on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

The workshop was part of a project, CC4 Fish, which is a collaboration between the Caribbean National Fisherfolk Organization (NFO) and the Climate Change Adaption of the fisheries sector in the Eastern Caribbean.

The project is held in seven countries in the Caribbean including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Some of the topics discussed at the workshop were: the impacts of climate change on the fishing sector, climate change impacts on the ecosystem, personal consideration for reducing carbon footprints, communications and safety at sea and identifying national concerns of fishers regarding climate change impacts.

In an interview with Loop News, Dr Marielouise Felix, National Coordinator of the CC4 fish project said the impact of climate change on the fisheries sector is serious and it’s only when we truly understand its impact on the fisheries sector that we can identify the best method to address its impact.

She said the other issue is the need to have the fishers involved in the project.

According to Felix, they need information such as the changes in the fish stock of fishers, the sizes of the fish they catch and the location of the fishes.

“What we need to do is to help the fishers to adapt and to deal with the issues. That means they have to take greater care when they go out to sea, they have to carry safety equipment and be more attentive at sea, because they may have to change their fishing patterns, their fishing gears and where they fish.”

She added that the project is there to help the fishers, but they have to play their part.

Felix said she was impressed by the level of interest the participants showed in the project.

“The fisherfolks showed a great deal of interest in working with the department of fisheries so we can achieve what we want,” she said.

In an interview with Mc Clement Saint Rose, a participant in the workshop, he said: “The workshop was educational and informative. It taught us things which we did not know.”

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