PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad –– The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), in collaboration with Montserrat stakeholders, have created a new video entitled “Our Changing Fisheries: Voices from Montserrat.”
The video features local voices and perspectives from fisherfolks, coastal and marine resource users on changes being experienced in Montserrat’s fisheries sector, in the context of climate change; with ideas on building resilience.
Key climate change impacts highlighted include rough seas, changing currents and more extreme hurricanes, and storms that affect the ability to fish causing damage to fishing grounds and gear. This adds to the fact that fisherfolks continue to feel the effects of past volcanic activity on the island.
The video was developed as part of the Darwin Plus project, climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat. CANARI is implementing this project in partnership with the fisheries and ocean resources unit – Montserrat, department of fisheries and marine resources – Anguilla and the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) – University of the West Indies.
The process of developing the video started in workshops facilitated by CANARI in November 2018. The aimed of this project is building the capacity of fisherfolk and other coastal and marine resource users and managers, to communicate effectively about climate change using participatory video as a tool to document their local perspectives on climate change, its impacts and priorities for action. Initial video clips were collected as part of practical exercises.
This followed a contest, living with climate change in January-February 2019, aimed at gathering further inputs, to provide opportunity for fisherfolk and other local stakeholders to have a voice.
Winning contributor to the video is Fish ‘N Fins-Aqua Montserrat, who will have a chance to have their work featured on a regional online knowledge platform developed by CANARI and two local fishers, captain John Howes and ‘Rootsman’ Murphy. The local fishers will be supported to participate in upcoming fisherfolk learning exchanges in Anguilla.
CANARI and the fisheries and ocean resources unit, in Montserrat are continuing to work with fisherfolks, coastal and marine stakeholders to disseminate the video; and enable knowledge exchange to adapt, build resilient fisheries and sustainable livelihoods.