The Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative (C-FISH) is a project aimed at strengthening community-based fish sanctuaries by providing resources, training, and alternative livelihood opportunities in four (4) countries across the Caribbean (Grenada, Jamaica , Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines).
The objective of the project includes:
- Building resilience in the coral reef system Coral reefs and fisheries are critically important to the economy and food security of Grenada.
- Reducing unemployment through improved Management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The depletion of fisheries is often the root cause of rising unemployment, poverty and the vicious circle of social marginalisation and crime that afflict many.
- Supporting the means of Monitoring and Enforcement of the MPAs
- Building resilience in the coral reef system Coral reefs and fisheries are critically important to the economy and food security of Grenada
Patrol boats are provided to various MPA Agencies for the monitoring and enforcement of requisite regulations.
C -FISH is a ground breaking approach to marine conservation and livelihood enhancement. It is building partnerships among businesses, communities in the four Caribbean islands mentioned above.
Under the project the following is being provided:
- Financial and technical support for the management of community-based marine protected areas (MPAs)
- Promoting public awareness of the environmental, social and economic benefits that MPAs can generate
- Promoting alternative livelihoods in fishing communities and building mutually beneficial linkages between the tourism and fisheries sectors
- Facilitating stakeholder participation in all aspects of the project and monitoring the effectiveness of MPA management.