On November 9 2012, The CARIBSAVE Partnership (CARIBSAVE) hosted an event to launch the Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership (C-Fish) Initiative from the Belmont Fishing Beach in Bluefields. The event included the official signing of 4 grants worth approximately USD$ 400,000 between CARIBSAVE and four beneficiary community-based organizations, who have mandates to manage a total of 6 fish sanctuaries (Special Fishery Conservation Areas). These are the Caribbean-Costal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM), The Oracabessa Foundation, BREDS: Treasure Beach Foundation and the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society .
The C-FISH is a £2.1 million project funded by UKAID and implemented by The CARIBSAVE Partnership on behalf of the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) aimed at strengthening the management of fish sanctuaries. This 4 year project will operate in 5 countries across the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Honourable Minister Roger Clarke – Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, was in attendance and joined by the British High Commissioner, His Excellency Howard Drake, at the official launch of the C-FISH Initiative at the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society, in Westmoreland.