It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Anderson Kinch affectionately known as 'Rogie', a true stalwart of the Barbados fishing industry. He was well known for his passion and advocacy for tough legislation to protect the marine resources of Barbados, and the importance of youth engagement in fisheries.
Kinch was a founding member and led the Oistins Fisherfolk Association since its formation in 1997 for many years. He also served on the executive of the Barbados National Union of Fisherfolk Organisations (BARNUFO).
He brought a wealth of knowledge and experience in his role as an appointed member of the Fisheries Advisory Committee, advising the Minister on matters related to fisheries management and development.
Anderson also worked closely with scientists at the Bellairs Research Institute of the McGill University, and the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies, at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (UWI-CERMES).
Anderson's work did not go unnoticed. He was awarded the prestigious Gladding Memorial Award in 2005 for his outstanding contribution to the sustainable management of fisheries and marine resources in the Gulf and Caribbean Region. He also received a Barbados Service Medal in 2018 for his contribution to the fishing industry.
We've lost a Giant and an important advisor. Sail on brother, you will be missed.
Barbados Fisheries Division Team