Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector

Antigua and Barbuda

With the technical and financial support of the CC4FISH project, Antigua and Barbuda has developed a Climate Smart Aquaculture Feasibility study and is in the process of developing its Aquaculture Management Strategy which will include Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM). The goal is to increase the resilience of aquaculturists in the country. 

Existing aquacultures facilities were visited in 2018 and recommendations were provided to improve resilience of these means of production to extreme weather events which are expected to increase in frequency and power in the coming years due to climate change. The project is working on improving aquaponics systems at schools to improve learning outcomes and attract youth to the aquaculture sector.

Over 60 fishers, vendors and Fisheries Division staff have been trained in Food Safety and Handling Best Practices.

Antigua facilitated an exchange between St Lucia and Antigua conch fishers. Six St. Lucian visited Antigua between the 4th and 9th of February 2019 to share experience on conch fisheries.