Profile: Jessica MacIntosh and Zaidy Afrin

This study will be undertaken as a cooperative venture between Jessica MacIntosh, until recently coordinator for Oceans and Coasts Educational Awareness Network Society, Nova Scotia, and Zahidah (Zaidy) Afrin, who recently completed a Nippon Research Fellowship, while working in with the Fishery Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and Environment of Grenada.

This March 2016 - October 2016 project will collaborate with the national Network of fishers¡¯ cooperatives and associations and fishers leaders. The project includes fishing communities from Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique as well as their networks in Grenadines Islands, Union and Mayreau. It will work towards creating a common dialogue by exploring opportunities for strengthening the organizational and governance capacities of the fishers groups and using community centred approaches outlined in the voluntary guidelines for small scale fisheries within the framework adopted by the FAO¡¯s Committee on Fisheries in 2014. A serious lack of communication between national and local governance is exemplified by problems which have arisen since the establishment of the Sandy Island Oyster Bay Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) is 2010. This project seeks to engage fishers in the redesign of SIOBMPA, and bring the communities together in order to effectively confront coastal development projects such as the Tyrell Bay Marina which impinges on both the mangrove forest and the coral reefs within the legally designated protected area.