Thursday January 27, 2022 the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture launched the first of a two-day training session of Small-scale Fishers for the year 2022.
The launch served two purposes:
1. The handing over of safety equipment from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to the Fisheries Division and
2. An interactive training session dubbed “Safety at Sea for Fishermen under the Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector” (CC4FISH)
Chief Fisheries Officer, Jennifer Cruickshank Howard addressed the gathering and thanked the participants for their commitment to the Fishing Industry in the face of the challenges of the Corona virus pandemic and the eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano.
Cruickshank-Howard explained that these realities caused the training to be overdue by one year. Still, she outlined the number of activities, which the Fisheries Division has coordinated with a view to continue to build the capacity of Fishers.
Chief Fisheries Officer Cruickshank-Howard further noted that the National Telecommunication Regulation Commission (NTRC) had given its commitment to provide a concession to Fishers on the Licensing of their radios.
(FAO) Focal Point Dr. Coleen Phillips expressed satisfaction on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in being able to empower Fishers with Safety equipment including life jackets, compasses and radios.
Dr. Phillips reminded stakeholders that; “The owners, Operators and Captains of all fishing vessels have the responsibility to train their crew on safety”.
Representatives of the Coast Guard were present at the training to instruct on Basic navigation, Life Saving Apparatus, Survival Techniques and Equipment. They also addressed Distress Alerting and the role of the Captain and boat crew.