Japan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency Con­tin­ues As­sis­tance to Depart­ment of Fish­eries

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

The Depart­ment of Fish­eries has been a long-time ben­e­fi­ciary of Japan’s Fish­eries Co­op­er­a­tion. Through Ja­panese as­sis­tance, fish­eries fa­cil­i­ties have been con­structed, ex­perts have been dis­patched to con­duct co­op­er­a­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in the area of fish­eries co­man­age­ment and, most re­cently, a Grant Aid Project pro­vided equip­ment and ma­chin­ery re­newals for im­prov­ing con­ve­nience and strength­en­ing sus­tain­abil­ity of the fish­eries fa­cil­i­ties. Fi­nally, train­ing is of­fered an­nu­ally to per­son­nel from the depart­ment un­der JICA’s Knowl­edge Co-Cre­ation Train­ing Pro­grams, in Japan.

This fis­cal year, un­der the fish­eries sec­tor, train­ing will be pro­vided in a course ti­tled “Sus­tain­able Use of Fish­eries Re­sources and Di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of Fish­eries-based Liveli­hood in Is­land Coun­tries”. The core train­ing will take place in Ok­i­nawa, Japan, with a prac­ti­cal com­po­nent in Fiji, from Septem­ber to Novem­ber. Par­tic­i­pants will be in­tro­duced to a wide range of ap­proaches and mea­sures to pro­mote sus­tain­able use of fish­eries re­sources which will en­com­pass as­pects such as im­proved fish­ing meth­ods, fish­eries man­age­ment, qual­ity con­trol of fish, pro­cess­ing, mar­ket­ing, al­ter­na­tive in­come gen­er­a­tion and sup­port for fish­ers’ or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Ms. Rita Har­ri­son of the Depart­ment of Fish­eries will be rep­re­sent­ing Saint Lu­cia at the train­ing. As a fish­eries ex­ten­sion of­fi­cer, she is en­gaged in fish­eries de­vel­op­ment, pro­vides sup­port to fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties and serves as a li­ai­son of­fi­cer and men­tor to the Fish­ers Co­op­er­a­tives.

Her in­volve­ment in the Caribbean Fish­eries Co­man­age­ment (CARIFICO) Project spans three years - a part­ner­ship between JICA and the Caribbean Re­gional Fish­eries Mech­a­nism (CRFM). Ms. Har­ri­son as­sumes the li­ai­son staff role and is the ex­ten­sion of­fi­cer for the CARIFICO Project sites in Anse la Raye, Ca­naries and Soufriere.

Ms. Rita Har­ri­son will rep­re­sent our fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Ok­i­nawa, Japan.

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