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Montserrat stakeholders launch video on fisheries and climate change

By Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI)

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Video “Our Changing Fisheries: Voices from Montserrat” which can be viewed on CANARI’s YouTube channel.

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), in collaboration with Montserrat stakeholders, have created a new video entitled “Our Changing Fisheries: Voices from Montserrat”.

It features local voices and perspectives from fisherfolk and other coastal and marine resource users on changes being experienced in Montserrat’s fisheries sector in the context of climate change, and ideas for building their resilience.

Key climate change impacts highlighted include rough seas, changing currents and more extreme hurricanes and storms that affect ability to fish and cause damage to fishing grounds and gear. This adds to the fact that fisherfolk 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. This project is being implemented by CANARI 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, aimed at building the capacity of fisherfolk and other coastal and marine resource users and managers to communicate effectively about climate change and use participatory video as a tool to document their local perspectives on climate change, its impacts and priorities for action. Initial video clips were collected at this time as part of practical exercises.

Montserrat fisherfolk and other local stakeholders capturing and reviewing clips for the video (left). #Living with Climate Change contest flyer (right)

This was followed with a contest – #Living with Climate Change in January-February 2019, aimed at gathering further inputs and providing added opportunity for fisherfolk and other local stakeholders to have a voice.

Winning contributors to the video include 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 – Montserrat are continuing to work with the Montserrat fisherfolk and other coastal and marine stakeholders to disseminate the video and enable knowledge exchange to adapt and build resilient fisheries and related livelihoods.

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