Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis conducted many different activities with the support of the CC4FISH project.

Vulnerability assessment was conducted in different landing sites. Many different communication materials were development to raise awareness of fishers communities. A data collection tool was developed to improve knowledge on pelagic fisheries.

In order to improve resilience of the main fisheries sector actors, training was conducted for market vendors and fish handlers with distribution of equipment to improve food safety and hygiene at St Kitts’ market. Fishers and market vendors were also trained to develop business skills include in a Basic Fisherman Course with practical session on how to maintain vessel engine.

Two fishers from St. Kitts and Nevis participated in an exchange to Saint Lucia to learn about seamoss farming, aquaponics, co-management and safety-at-sea training.

To increase aquaculture resilience, technical assistance was provided to the country to review existing aquaculture facilities and an aquaponics demonstration farm was built.

An assessment study was undertaken to examine the possibilities of using fish waste for animal feed. In addition, a value chain workshop was conducted with the fishing cooperative in Nevis to assess the needs for improving value adding at the cooperative. The equipment request is currently being finalized.

At institutional level, the need and requirements for the mainstreaming of climate change into fisheries plans, policies and strategies were reviewed and proposed for consideration to the concerned fisheries stakeholders. A Fisheries Management Plan and a Sargassum Management Plan is also being drafted.