Welcome to the BBFFS!

Sailing Together For a Sustainable Future


Goal

Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society (BBFFS) seeks to educate its members in sustainable fishing practices and develop employment alternatives that will enhance the quality of life and preserve the natural environment of Bluefields.


Objectives

Promote a sustainable environment through educational outreach, including: An environmental display representing Westmoreland at the annual Denbigh Agricultural Fair (winning Best Environmental Display twice), the Bluefields Bay Marine Conference hosted by Sandals Whitehouse, and the Bluefields Bay Marine Festival at Belmont Fishing Beach.

Create sustainable livelihoods for fishermen through our Cold Storage Project, Fisher’s & Farmer’s Gear Store and Craft Market, Food for the Poor funded boat project, disaster assistance, and educational training for fishermen, including: entrepreneurship, seamanship, game warden, fish handling, first aid, and environmental sensitivity.

Foster sustainable communities through our ongoing Food for the Poor funded housing project (providing over 120 units thus far), food distribution, and community education, including business and entrepreneurial skills training.


Approach

Training is always ongoing with BBFFS board and general members to keep our organizational skills strong. We encourage information sharing by ensuring members are present at all of our board and general meetings. Financial management is enhanced through bookkeeping management training from the National Union of Cooperative Societies and the Social Development Commission/SDC, as well as training from Peace Corps Volunteers. The Society is audited by the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies and has operated at a profit since its inception.

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