Dominican, Derrick Theophille, of the Fisheries Department, is among 20 people from 14 countries around the world who graduated from a six-month United Nations University Fisheries Training Program (UNU-FTP) held in Iceland.
Each year, the UNU-FTP offers a six-month training course in Iceland. The aim of this course is to strengthen the professional capacity of UNU-FTP Fellows to actively contribute to the work done in their organizations and to recognize development potential in their home countries.
Stefan Haukur Johannesson, Iceland’s Permanent Secretary of State stressed the importance of fishing as a basic food security, nutrition and employment in many communities, particularly sensitive coastal and island communities.
He stated that the UNU offers a unique way to train highly skilled professionals from nations around the world and the program has contributed to the development of marine research and built up expertise in fifty countries worldwide.
Ichthyology (the branch of Biology that deals with fishes), quality control in processing and handling of fish and fishery management and marketing are some of the areas covered in the course.
Theophille is among three Caribbean nationals who graduated from the course. The others came from Africa and Asia.