Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector

St. Lucia

St Lucia has also been very active under the CC4FISH project. Vulnerability capacity assessment was improved by conducting studies in 3 communities for 386 people, with ad hoc communication materials.

Different activities were conducted to reinforce resilience of the fishery sector: safety-at-sea training was carried out and 200 fishers received VHF radio’s and associated training. Business skill training was conducted in St Lucia for fishers.

12 Saint Lucian fisherfolk went on an exchange to Antigua (conch fishers) in February 2019 and to Grenada on MPAs and fishing cooperatives.

Fish farmers from Saint Lucia and Grenada have attended training and learned from aquaponics farmers in Antigua and Barbuda. To further increase aquaculture resilience, technical assistance was provided to the country review existing aquaculture facilities; a work plan was proposed for improvement of existing sites or construction of new sites and procurement process initiated.

At institutional level, review of the vessel registry information system was conducted with proposal for improvements.

Different activities supporting the reinforcement of the legal framework is on-going in St Lucia.  A draft FAD Fisheries Management Plan for Saint Lucia and a draft Aquaculture Management Strategy have been prepared, incorporating the principles of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Management. CC4FISH has also supported the development of the new Fisheries Policy of Saint Lucia. A Sargassum Management Plan is also being drafted.