Strengthening Caribbean fisherfolk

Published: 13 November 2015
Last edited: 24 July 2019
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Fisheries governance involving fishers in the Caribbean region, promotes the participation of fishers in fisheries management processes and allows for the inclusion of the knowledge, experience and interest of fishers into fisheries policy and law. Problems associated with management regimes that excluded fisher participation include fisher marginalization, negative impacts on fisher livelihoods and related social, economic, food and nutrition issues.


Scale of implementation
Coral reef
Deep sea
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Seamount / Ocean ridge
Fisheries and aquaculture
Loss of Biodiversity
Unsustainable harvesting incl. Overfishing
Conflicting uses / cumulative impacts
Lack of alternative income opportunities
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Poor monitoring and enforcement
Poor governance and participation
Lack of food security
Unemployment / poverty


Antigua and Barbuda | Caribbean


marginalisation of small-scale fishers, diminishing access to fisheries resources • Marginalisation of small-scale fishers. • Diminishing access to fisheries resources. • Ocean grabbing by other powerful interests. • Threats to fishers' livelihoods.


small-scale fishers, coastal fishing communities, small-scale fishers' organisations, fisheries managers, policy makers, national communities, tourism stakeholders

How do the building blocks interact?

The assessment and analysis of fisherfolk organisations in the Caribbean, by fishers and fisheries managers, produced recommendations for the development of national fisherfolk organisations with the objective of having these linked in a regional network. The development of strong partnerships between fishers, fishers organisations, fisheries management organisations, NGOs and academia, promoted the development of national fisherfolk organisations and the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations. These partnerships facilitated training, advocacy and representation in regional fisheries governance and made extensive use of ICT tools to facilitate communications in all areas and at all levels of activities. The CNFO is now active in fisheries governance at all levels from local to global and continues to develop and to strengthen partnerships.


• Sustainable practices promoted resulting is less ecological impacts. • Reflection of fishers input in regional/global fisheries policy • Raises the profile and contribution of small-scale fisheries to sustainable livelihoods, national economies, food and nutrition security and social and cultural stability.


Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) collaborating in the development of a national plan of action for the conservation and management of sharks in Antigua and Barbuda (NPOA-Sharks). CNFO partners with FAO and Antigua and Barbuda Fisheries Division to conduct a preliminary assessment of shark resources in Antigua and Barbuda in 2012-2014, involving the contracting of shark consultant, and using both fishery dependent and fishery independent surveys. Fishers from national and regional fisherfolk organisations along with fisheries division staff and consultant, participate in training workshop, surveys and validation process. The development of a draft NPOA Sharks for Antigua and Barbuda involved fisher representatives participating in two national consultations with Fisheries Division, consultant, dive interest, tourism interest, Coast Guard and other interest groups. Current draft reflects the interests of fishers regarding livelihoods, traditional use and food and nutrition issues.

Contributed by

Mitchell Lay Caribbean Network of fisherfolk Organisations

Other contributors

Caribbean Network of fisherfolk Organisations