One of the main activities of the C-FISH Initiative is to build the capacity of community-based organisations that have a legal mandate to manage a fish sanctuary or marine reserve. Organisations that satisfy the criteria outlined below, may qualify for capacity-building grants provided by the C-FISH Initiative. Grant benefiaries are selected from proposals received following a targeted Call for Proposals.
The aim of these grants is to build the long-term management capacity of the organisation, with a focus on improving the effectiveness of enforcement, public education, governance and monitoring.
The overall funding strategy is to create models of success by concentrating resources on sanctuaries where there is likely to be a positive outcome and where there is active community participation. The emphasis will also be to target communities that have the greatest needs and are most vulnerable to the accelerating impacts of natural resource depletion and climate change.
CARIBSAVE selects it's partners and grantees based on:
successful project implementation of grantee
active particpation of community in management
ecological potential and success of protected area
governmental support of protected area
law enforcement support of protected area
external funding sources
With this additional support from the C-FISH Initiative, each of these sanctuaries will find themselves in a better position to be able to improve the livelihoods of the surrounding communities through conservation of fisheries and coral reef in the sanctuaries.
Photos: Grantees of the C-FISH Initiative at the project launch in Bluefields Bay, 2012 (header, S. Lee); Grant money being used in Carriacou, Grenada to locally build a much needed patrol boat (above right, N. Eristhee). Effective management and compliance with sanctuaries involves the interaction between community members, government officials, fishermen and other stakeholder. Seen here is the C-FISH team developing the CLIF monitoring using the input from a number of different stakeholders (above left, S. Lee).
C-FISH activities under the Capacity Building Programme include:
Ten (10) protected areas spread across Jamaica, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia have signed agreements with CARIBSAVE to support management activties. These include:
- Bluefields Bay, Jamaica: (USD$92,640) for obtaining a patrol boat purchased, safety equipment, sustainable fishing gear, and supporting fish sanctuary staff.
- Boscobel, Jamaica: for patrol and safety supplies, and support for sanctuary staff including a sanctuary manager (shared with Oracabessa) and warden support.
- Galleon St. Elizabeth, Jamaica: (USD$85,000) for the hiring of a sanctuary manager, an observation platform, surveillance equipment and signage for the site.
- Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica: (USD$98,000) to provide surveillance & safety equipment (including a quadcopter), supplies, SCUBA gear, training in ICT for wardens, and support for staff including a sanctuary manager (shared with Boscobel), an administrative assistant and toward the wardens.
- Portland Bight Protected Area sanctuaries, Jamaica: (USD$91,100) for purchasing of a patrol boat, a solar system for their base station, radio system, SCUBA training for staff, and stipend for volunteer fishers.
- Sandy Island Oyster Bed MPA, Carriaou Grenada: (USD$140,040) for recruitment of a sanctuary manager and warden, local construction of a patrol boat, provision of GPS and safety equipment, as well as training for promotion of offshore fishing, and to facilitate an exchange visit to Belize for some of SIOBMPA stakeholders.
In addition to these agreements:
CARIBSAVE provided funding to the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) (in 2013) to coordinate & implement activities to improve support of enforcement personnel in relation fisheries laws & regulations. Participants included the Coast Guard, Marine Police, Fire Brigade, & Jamaica Customs, as well as the Fisheries Division, Jamaica Fish Sanctuary Network (JFSN), National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA), & Jamaica Fishermen Cooperative Union (JFCU).
In 2014, CARIBSAVE also funded (USD$18,000) material for construction of marker buoys for it's 7 Jamaican fish sanctuaries. These new buoys will be made from material that can withstand severe weather and are expected to last a long time. The marker buoys are important in delineating the sanctuary boundaries for fishers and other users.
In 2015, CARIBSAVE with support from the Marine and Yachting Association of Grenada (MAYAG), installed several new moorings to be used by the yachting community during visits to Carraicou. In addition to this, a dedicated bank account was created for these mooring and user fees to assist with the management of the MPA.
In the Tobago Cays Marine Park, St Vincent and the Grenadines, CARIBSAVE (partially) supported one of their wardens to attend a 2-month enforcement training in Florida, including marine resource monitoring, park planning, and day to day operations including marine fleet maintenance and resource management.
C-FISH has also supported the Portland, Jamaica community toward developing a new sanctuary by providing them funding to conduct the necessary community consultations. Since then, the community has secured considerable funding toward development of this sanctuary.