Volume 71

A Preliminary Socioeconomic Profile on Fishermen in Trinidad

Terisa O. Reid;Arthur C. Potts;Deanesh Ramsewak
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Date: November, 2018

Pages: 62-70

Event: Proceedings of the Seventy Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: San Andres Island

Country: Colombia


The goal of this study was to produce a report showing a preliminary socio-economic profile of fishermen in Trinidad. This study was done because there is a greater need for the understanding of fishermen and the issues they face to efficiently plan and develop the fishing industry in Trinidad. Several factors were evaluated such as; livelihood of the fishermen, fishing facilities, landing sites, fishing gear and species being caught. This research was conducted using non-probability sampling, data was collected via questionnaires, researcher’s observation, photographs and four focus group meetings. The results were analysed using Microsoft Excel software and were presented using tables and figures. The Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates and relevant attributes of each landing site were mapped using ArcGIS 10.4 software. In reviewing the fishing industry of Trinidad and Tobago. The sector contributes 14% of agricultural GDP and 0.1% of the nation GDP. The sector employs over 9000 fishermen and there are 7400 registered fishermen. There is a total of 65 landing sites in Trinidad and 32 in Tobago. The results showed that the socioeconomic profile of the fishermen in Trinidad is affected by ample factors. These include, the condition of fishing facilities and landing sites, the management of the fishing industry, laws and policies and the fishermen perceptions. In conclusion, the fishers are not satisfied with the current state of the fishing industry; it is affecting their livelihoods greatly. Recommendations are to engage in integrated coastal zone management, community-based co-management, and conducting management effectiveness evaluations.

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