Reposted from Caribbean Natural Resources Institute's (CANARI) Facebook Page

BVI Fisherfolk Peer Learning Exchange

Four fisherfolk representatives and one representative from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DOAF) from the Virgin Islands recently participated in a 3-day fisherfolk peer learning exchange to Barbados.

The exchange, which was hosted by the Barbados National Union of Fisherfolk Organisation (BARNUFO) with the kind support of the Barbados Fisheries Division, allowed participants to engage with a functioning umbrella fisherfolk organisation in Barbados and learn how they are involved in fisheries management and decision making. Participants were also exposed to learning opportunities on topics such as stewardship, gender in fisheries, fisherfolk leadership, sustainable fisheries and application of innovative fishing technology.

Special thank you to BARNUFO, Barbados Fisheries Division, Coastal Zone Management Unit, Morgan’s Fish House Inc., UWI-CERMES and all of the fisherfolk at the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex, Weston Landing Site, Pile Bay Landing Site and Oistins Landing Site who helped to make the learning exchange a success!.

The fisherfolk peer learning exchange is part of capacity building efforts by CANARI and the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) under the ongoing Darwin Plus-funded project “Capacity building in fisheries evidence, networks and management in the Virgin Islands” to support the development of a formalised network of fisherfolk in the Virgin Islands to enable greater participation in decision-making. CANARI is implementing the project in partnership with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in the United Kingdom and DOAF within the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change of the Government of the Virgin Islands.