Sargassum on a beach in Barbados. Image: via Barbados Government Information Service
Fisheries

How the sargassum influx has affected Caribbean fisherfolk’s livelihoods and income

In an eye-opening article published at Caribbean News Now, Daphne Ewing-Chow and Iris Monnereau write about how the annual sargassum invasions in the Caribbean have been affecting fisherfolk’s ability to make a living:  Sargassum has had negative economic consequences for the industry through the altered composition and availability of fish …

GWI officials at Kaituma river. Image: GWI via Stabroek News
Fisheries

High levels of mercury found in Kaituma River, Guyana; testing to begin at other sites soon

The Kaituma River was the principal source of potable water for residents of the Port Kaituma community, up until water testing revealed high levels of mercury contamination: Though surface water is the main source of water supply for the residents of Port Kaituma, Region One, the Guyana Water Incorporated has …

Gold mining. Image: Knut-Erik Helle
Fisheries

Mercury from illegal gold mining in Venezuela threatens Caribbean ecosystems

An alarming report by Jewel Fraser, writing for Seafood Source: A group of Venezuelan scientists and an investigative journalist told an audience of fellow scientists and journalists that, whereas in 2016 the Venezuelan government created the Orinoco Mining Arc National Strategic Development Zone, with the ostensible objective of inviting international …

Bahamas spiny lobster. Image: Rüdiger Stehn
Fisheries

Bahamas Spiny Lobster fishery certified as sustainable

The Bahamas spiny lobster fishery is the first Caribbean fishery to receive Marine Stewardship Council certification:  The Bahamas spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) fishery is the world’s first Caribbean fishery to be awarded Marine Stewardship Council certification, after a detailed 19-month assessment.The analysis was conducted by third-party assessment body Control Union …

Fishers in Barbados. Image: georg_neu
Climate Change

FAO helping Eastern Caribbean fisherfolk adapt to climate change

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing the Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector Project (CC4FISH) with the aim of increasing resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts in the Eastern Caribbean fisheries sector. A workshop on climate change adaptation and …

Tobago Cays sunset. Image: Mary Witzig
Fisheries

Call for submissions: marine protected areas/marine managed areas best practice cases

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is seeking to identify cases of innovation and best practice in marine protected area (MPA)/ marine managed area (MMA) management in the Caribbean: The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is asking for your help to identify cases of innovation and best practice by Caribbean …

Fisher, Jamaica. Image: davidbaxendale.com
Fisheries

Jamaican fisherfolk recognised for their contribution to sustainable development

More news on fisherfolk celebrations from around the Caribbean, this time from the fishing community in Jamaica: New Fortress Energy (NFE) has joined the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management (CCAM) Foundation in lauding the hard-working men and women of the fishing community …