Activity Proposed: Fisheries information technology innovations for resource management and climate change adaptation in the Caribbean (FIT4CC)
Country Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent/ Grenadines
Last update: 07/06/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Mario Yspol
Budget Euro 10,000,000
Project period 31/01/2018 to 31/01/2023
Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent/ Grenadines 
Summary Fisheries for states of the Western Central Atlantic Fisheries region, in particular for African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) countries and the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) from the Caribbean are important for food security and nutrition, as source of livelihoods, income earnings, and also source of foreign exchange for national governments. However, the Caribbean region data deficiencies and limited statistical information hamper national policy-making and fishery management in a regional context of shared marine resources. The availability of data and statistics for stock assessment, fishery management and responsible development is a prerequisite to a functional Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO). Clearly, data and statistics are also needed for national decisions on conservation and management as well, even more in the context of decisions required for Climate Change adaptation. Despite some regional European Union (EU) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) programmes aiming at improving statistics supply chain in the Caribbean region, a lack of capacity to collect and exchange data and information, analyse state and trends of fishery resources and regional data policies remains.
Background The Fisheries Sector is proven to be strategically important in the region (up to 8% of the GDP for some countries like Guyana) and in particular for ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries and SIDS; this importance is anticipated to increase in the future. With catches having halved since the 1980s, there are strong concerns and likelihood of many commercially targeted fish stocks being overexploited or depleted in the WECAFC region. The sector has however the potential to make enhanced contributions to the regionís economic and social development of major constraints facing the sector are addressed, such as the continued illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, overfishing, overcapacity in the sector, unsustainable practices, limited cooperation between countries and fleets, and inadequate attention to climate change impacts on stocks and fisheries. There is an immediate need for enhanced resource conservation and management, concerted rebuilding of depleted stocks, collaboration to combat IUU fishing, while addressing gender inequality, and focusing attention on the challenges posed by rising sea temperature and other climate related changes, improving sanitary and phytosanitary systems as well as the capacity in fish trade.
Objective Increased resilience and reduced vulnerability to climate change impacts, thanks to increased decision-support knowledge generated through inclusive, modern and sustained fisheries information systems in the Caribbean fisheries sector.
Setup and activities FAO: EUR 10 000 000
(Expected) Results 1) Strengthened CARIFORUM countriesí (mostly Caribbean Small Developing States (SIDS)) capacities in producing science-based evidence for sound management decision making in both fishery and aquaculture sub-sectors.
2) Enhanced regional collaboration, data and information sharing among Caribbean countries and their integration in a regional governance context.
3) More integration of climate change information into fishery management decision-making processes.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 313 Fishery
430xx Climate Change Adaptation
1.3 Natural dimension Water
Role Person name
Project leader person details Mario Yspol