Efforts are being made to ensure that Dominica’s fisheries industry delivers sustainable economic benefits and secure livelihoods.

The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries is hoping that a project to formulate a fisheries and aquaculture policy for fisheries management and development in Dominica will achieve these and other goals.

The seven-month project gets underway here on Monday.

Consultant Dr.Joanna Clare Gascoigne, a Fisheries Specialist in Marine Conservation Biology, is one of the officials involved.

She says there is concern that there isn’t a clear documented policy framework to govern the management of the fisheries sector.

“As such, the route to achieving sustainable economic benefits, security of livelihoods, food security and marine resources utilisation and conservation is often unclearly and undefined,” she explained.

She says there is also the need to clearly define the policy direction for fisheries conservation, management and development, poverty alleviation, food security, employment creation and security and a commitment to good governance.

According to Gascoigne “the support of key stakeholders like the National Association of Fisherfolk Cooperatives (NAFCOOP) is crucial to the success of the end result”.

The project is sponsored by the European Union under a programme called Strengthening Fisheries Management in African Caribbean and Pacific Countries.