C-FISH is a ground breaking approach to marine conservation. It is building partnerships between businesses, communities and governments, that will benefit all.

  • The Problem
    Coral reefs and fisheries are critically important to the economy and food security of Caribbean countries, with an estimated annual value of between US$3.1 to
    The Social and Environmental Costs
    The depletion of fisheries is often the root cause of rising unemployment, poverty and the vicious circle of social marginalisation and crime that afflicts many
    Marine Protected Areas
    Conventional approaches for the management of fisheries (e.g. quotas, size restrictions, etc.) have been challenging to implement in the Caribbean because of limited government resources for enforcement and monitoring. This challenge is amplified on small islands, which have a much bigger coastal zone in relation to their population than larger…
    Bigger catches, bigger fish
    The biomass of fish inside an MPA can increase by between 2 to 21 times from its original level. As the fish grow and multiply they move into areas where fishing is allowed. This is called the spill over effect and can significantly increase fish catches around MPAs. MPAs also allow fish…
    More Resilient Coral Reefs
    MPAs provide a sanctuary for endangered species and have a higher biodiversity than fished areas. The high biodiversity improves the resilience of ecosystems, allowing them
    A Better Future
    There is increasing support from governments and fishing communities across the Caribbean to establish marine protected areas. Awareness is spreading that MPAs (or fish sanctuaries)

    Fish sanctuaries for sustainable communities

    C-FISH is an innovative project devised by environmental not-for-profit The CARIBSAVE Partnership & is aimed at strengthening communitybased fish sanctuaries and marine protected areas (MPAs) in 5 countries across the Caribbean - Jamaica, Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica & Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. 

    Scientists have known for some time that successful MPAs can generate significant environmental, social & economic benefits from sustainable fisheries to tourism to natural coastal defenses. This is part of a growing international focus on Ecosystem-based Adaptation to climate change (EbA) is rapidly being recognized as one of the most realistic & cost-effective strategies for small island developing states (SIDS), where the impacts of climate change can be reduced by strengthening the resilience & productivity of coastal ecosystems.

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    Our Objectives


    To build the capacity of the organisations mandated to manage fish sanctuaries through the provision of grants and training programmes.


    To support alternative livelihoods and sustainable financing through partnerships, training and establishment of the C-FISH Fund.


    To improve communication, education and public awareness of fisheries management and fish sanctuaries through exciting and innovative channels.


    To monitor the ecological and socio-economic benefits of improved fisheries management and fish sanctuaries using community-based methods and new technology.