Dominicans participate in specialized fisheries training course in Australia

CARICOM nationals arrive in Australia for the course
CARICOM nationals arrive in Australia for the course

Two Dominicans are among fifteen fisheries personnel, including senior fisheries officers, fisheries officers, analysts and policy officers, who have traveled to Australia this week to participate in a specialized training course on “Enhancing Fisheries Management Capacity in the Caribbean Region.”

The Dominicans are Julian Defoe, Fisheries Officer, and Steve George, Fisheries Liaison Officer.

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) partnered in developing the 4-week course, to strengthen the region’s capacity in fisheries law and fisheries management.

More specifically, the training—which is being held at the Innovation Centre at ANCORS, University of Wollongong, ranked among Australia’s top 10 universities—is intended to address the conservation and protection of living marine resources and biodiversity; monitoring and surveillance; as well as measures to curb illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.

“This is a great training opportunity for CRFM Member States, and we are grateful for the valued contributions which Australia continues to make to help advance fisheries management and development across the CARICOM region. The CRFM appreciates this sustained support,” said Milton Haughton, CRFM Executive Director.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian Government institution which is funding the training, awarded Australian Awards Fellowship to nominees who were selected from 10 CRFM Member States.

It is expected that when the training concludes on October 15, they will partner with relevant stakeholders to help improve frameworks and cooperative agreements at home and across the wider Caribbean, to achieve sustainable fisheries, which would, in turn, mean more dollars for the fishing industry and improved socio-economic conditions in beneficiary states.

This training builds on two previous training workshops, successfully held in Australia in 2012 and 2014. It helps to fulfill a Memorandum of Understanding which the CRFM and ANCORS signed back in 2012.

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5 Comments

  1. Nationalist
    September 26, 2016

    I did not identify the at least one of the Dominicans (Julian Defoe – Fisheries Officer) in the. If he is in the picture he would have underground a real change. I do not know the other Dominican representative. I just hope that none of our representative was among those inappropriately dressed for such an overseas assignment. With a hoody? And you think you great? Shame on you.

    • anon
      September 26, 2016

      UM hello they’ve just arrived in australia im guessing that is the very first pics calm down plz its austalia how else does one travel in jacket and tie hmm lets save the jackets and tie when the work begins until then a plane ride is not work u get to sit for a long time

  2. lightbulb
    September 26, 2016

    Why the Aussies, never hosted the training at our regional UWI campuses?
    It is about your Caribbean waters, concerning our people, and more of our fisheries personnel could have participated.

  3. anon
    September 26, 2016

    heyy julan :-D :wink:

  4. Icon
    September 24, 2016

    Big up my boy Steve wish you all the best and enjoy.

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