Dominican graduates from UN fisheries course in Iceland

Theophille works in the Fisheries Department
Theophille works in the Fisheries Department

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.

Those who graduated from the program
Those who graduated from the program

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  1. Grassroots
    March 15, 2016

    Congrats Derk, keep climbing bro.

  2. March 15, 2016

    Agri serving its purpose.We are proud of you as always Dominica Community High School

  3. Edrav
    March 15, 2016

    on behalf of all jimmit and mahuat people bro you have made us all proud. continue the good works my brother

  4. Just Me
    March 15, 2016

    Congratulations bro!!!

  5. odinn
    March 15, 2016

    Good job and my sincere congratulations. Dominica should put emphasis on sending young knowledgeable people for training abroad to build a domestic knowledge base for future development.
    Large part of Iceland’s contribution to development aid is channeled to the tuition and support of numerous students from around the world who acquire training and special skills in four different programs; Fisheries training, geothermal training, gender equality training and land restoration training. More than 1000 individuals from all over the world have acquired special training from these schools since 1978, when the first one was established.

  6. March 14, 2016

    Good job well done

  7. Proud
    March 14, 2016

    Congrats to you Sir, on behalf of the executive and staff of the Newtown Primary School!

  8. Face the Facts
    March 14, 2016

    And women too! They are moving up and on. Great! :lol:
    Congratulations to you. Hope when you return this expertise will serve you well.
    Reading about fish makes my mouth water. Fish is brain food. We should eat as much of it as possible. I remember in bygone years Dominica had a lot of fish. I ate quite a bit of it.
    My taste for fish has not waned and never will. I could it fish everyday, if I could.
    Fish soup is excellent, nutritious and tasty.

  9. GB
    March 14, 2016

    Congratulations Derrick. Great , keep moving up friend. :) :) :)

  10. Looking
    March 14, 2016

    Well done bro!

  11. Tjebe Fort
    March 14, 2016

    Well done Derrick. Boy, I hope they teach you in that cold country how to catch fresh cod instead of that dry salted mowee we get here.

  12. HEY
    March 14, 2016

    Congrats Mr.Theophille. :-D

  13. d-a born
    March 14, 2016

    **oops, extra fisheries lol

  14. d-a born
    March 14, 2016

    Big up. Hope he can use what he learned to better himself and the Fisheries Dept.

  15. Intellegence
    March 14, 2016

    now comes the hard part, which is to make manifest what you have learnt at school, here in DA

  16. Roseau River
    March 14, 2016

    Excellent. Hopefully that newly gained knowledge will be used for the betterment of the Dominican people.

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