Local fisherman. Marigot Bay - Saint Lucia

Virtual Safety at Sea Refresher Workshop for trainers of small-scale fishers in the Caribbean

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the FISH Safety Foundation (FSF) hosted a Virtual Safety at Sea Refresher Workshop for trainers of small-scale fishers in the Caribbean on Wednesday 2 February 2022.
Eric Holliday
Chief Executive

The Webinar was attended by 61 safety trainers, Fisheries and Maritime Authority officials, Coast Guard personnel and other interested parties from across the Caribbean.

The event was a follow up on a five-day regional training session held in Castries, Saint Lucia in January 2020, just before the Covid-19 pandemic started. That workshop was attended by 25 trainers from Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. (For more info, please visit: https://www.fao.org/fishing-safety/news- events/events/detail/en/c/1319586/)

Since that workshop, safety trainers have organized a range of trainings in their countries, often supported by the “Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector” project (CC4FISH). The manual on Safety at Sea for Small-Scale Fishers in the Caribbean (http://www.fao.org/3/ca8626en/CA8626EN.pdf), which was developed during the workshop, has been distributed widely. As a result, many fishers received training utilizing materials from the workshop. The Workshop aimed at refreshing the knowledge of safety at sea trainers and share the latest information on fishing safety, in order support the trainers to carry out their important educational tasks. Specifically, the delegates were provided with an up date on international conventions and guidelines on fishing safety, details on the latest safety at sea training materials developed by the FSF and their use in the region, and were provided with an update on formal and voluntary accident reporting systems.

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