Volume 63

Evaluating the Needs of the Fishing and Associated Livelihoods in the Coastal Fishing Sector of Trinidad and Tobago.

Potts, A., J. Rocke, B. Maharaj, S. Ramnath, and L. Doodnath
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Date: November, 2010

Pages: 67-74

Event: Proceedings of the Sixty-Third Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: San Juan

Country: Puerto Rico


This paper presents the results of a project undertaken to increase the understanding of the importance of the coastal and marine fisheries in Trinidad and Tobago. The authors administered 519 questionnaires to respondents and conducted thirteen focus group meetings in both islands. Among other things, stakeholders articulated their needs at each of the landing sites around the islands. Many different stakeholders with varying needs were encountered. The authors evaluated these needs by considering the government?s priorities for the sector including profitability, governance and empowerment. Evaluation criteria were also applied namely: sustainability, representativeness, compliance and feasibility. Arising out of the study high impact recommendations were proposed for growth and development of the fishing sector of Trinidad and Tobago.

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