JAM | May 26, 2023

NFA collaborates with universities to enhance safety skills of fisheries stakeholders

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The National Fisheries Authority (NFA), has announced plans to provide specialized training to fisheries stakeholders.

The initiative, spearheaded by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gavin Bellamy, will be carried out in collaboration with the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

Dr. Bellamy emphasized the significance of equipping stakeholders with the necessary skills to ensure their safety while on the job.

Chief Executive Officer, National Fisheries Authority (NFA), Dr. Gavin Bellamy. (Photo: JIS)

The decision to implement these training programmes stems from the alarming number of mishaps experienced by fishermen at sea. Recognizing the need for a proactive approach to mitigating such incidents, the NFA established a partnership with CMU and UWI, formalized through a memorandum of understanding.

Bellamy revealed that the training, which will be conducted this year, will focus on dive techniques, safety at sea, first aid, navigation, and the proper use of safety equipment such as life jackets, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, and compasses.

Participants who successfully complete the training will receive certification from the CMU.

Speaking with the media, Dr. Bellamy said, “This training is important to making sure that there are fewer persons lost at sea and fewer persons in distress at sea.”

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He further highlighted that 47 individuals have already been trained in safety at sea, boat handling, navigation, and safe diving practices through the collaborative efforts of CMU and UWI.

The NFA’s commitment to improving safety in the fishing industry has been well received by stakeholders. Fishermen, in particular, have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to acquire essential skills that will enable them to navigate the perils of their profession more effectively.

In light of this collaborative effort, the fishing community is optimistic that the training initiatives will result in fewer accidents and greater protection for those working at sea. The NFA, CMU, and UWI remain steadfast in their dedication to safeguarding the well-being of fisheries stakeholders through ongoing educational programs and practical skill development opportunities.


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