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Technology Improvement

Technology Improvement

A major objective of the Fisheries division is to initiate and facilitate development within the fisheries sector through the application of appropriate technologies, human resources development and improvement in the fisheries infrastructure. Accordingly, the Grenada FD has defined the following priorities regarding technology and infrastructure development and extension programs:

  • Infrastructure Development
    • Improve the coastal fisheries infrastructure, i.e. fish market and port facilities;
    • Repair and maintenance of all fish market centers to improve fish handling and sanitation standards;
    • Strengthen and expand collaboration among government institutions and fishing community for maintaining and enhancing quality control standards in compliance with local and international commitment.
  • Training of fishers in the following areas:
    • Fishing vessel captaincy;
    • Use of VHF/SSB radio to enhance ship-to-shore communication;
    • Global positioning system;
    • Safety-at-sea and vessel safety device;
    • Business and financial management.
  • Establishment of a “Fishery Communication Network”
    • Set up a 24-hour ship-to-shore communication network to provide for safety and security of life, property and fishery resources within Grenada waters;
    • Training of staff for operating the 24-hour Fisheries Monitoring Station.
  • Fisheries Biology and Regulations
    • Determine the status of the conch and lobster stock and make a recommendation for implementing a FMP for their sustainable exploitation;
    • Formulation and implementation of a Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Plan collaborating with key stakeholders to deter, prevent and eliminate illegal foreign and local fishing activities;
    • Make and implement recommendations concerning the regulation of the beach seine net fishery.
  • Technical and scientific assistances in the following areas:
    • Extension of methodology of fisheries;
    • Fisheries data management, using new information technology methods and new computer hardware and software;
    • Stock assessment of pelagic fishes;
    • Industrial/commercial refrigeration methods;
    • Fish inspection, quality control and auditing of fish quality control systems;
    • Management and governance of pelagic fisheries.