Building capacity on Mayreau and other Grenadine islands for the capture, population reduction and consumption of invasive lionfish to protect biodiversity (traditional fish stock) in our waters (including the Tobago Cay Marine Park) and for the use of lionfish byproduct (spines, tails and fins) for jewelry production, thereby creating livelihood for our fishers, women and youths
Building capacity on Mayreau and other Grenadine islands for the capture, population reduction and consumption of invasive lionfish to protect biodiversity (traditional fish stock) in our waters (including the Tobago Cay Marine Park) and for the use of lionfish byproduct (spines, tails and fins) for jewelry production, thereby creating livelihood for our fishers, women and youths
The Mayreau Regatta and Sporting Committee aims to preserve and enhance the marine biodiversity in the Tobago Cays Marine Park and other waters surrounding our Grenadine islands by building capacity to effectively battle the lionfish invasion, which threatens our traditional fishery and tourism, two main industries on which our islands depend.
Currently, residents of Mayreau and the other Grenadine islands lack the capacity to effectively battle this invasion. They do not have:
?? sufficient strategic local efforts to control lionfish populations and help native fish and
crustacean communities recover.
?? public awareness and understanding of the issue and therefore a lack of support for and
engagement in the battle.
?? appropriate training and protective gear to help fishers ensure their safety as they join in
lionfish hunts and/or deal with lionfish that are caught in their nets and traps on a day-today
basis.
?? economic incentive for fishers to capture and eradicate lionfish.
?? residents’ capacity to take on another issue, when unemployment is at an unusually high level (particularly for women and youth) and extraordinary efforts must be made to simply feed families and pay basic bills.
Following best practices established in other jurisdictions and through their own experience, they will work with their local, regional and international partners and supporters to build awareness and understanding of the issue and how individuals can effectively join the war against the lionfish invasion through use of social media, radio, school and community presentations, an educational play and t-shirts. They will also equip fishers with the knowledge, skills and equipment they need to safely hunt lionfish. At the same time, they will work on building both a local and international market for our lionfish through educational BBQs, a cooking competition, distribution of a recipe book developed by REEF and using the byproducts to manufacture jewellery.
Their anticipated project outcomes directly address the causes of the problem we are tackling:
?? increased number of strategic local efforts to control lionfish populations
?? increased public awareness and understanding of the issue and therefore enhanced support for and engagement in the battle
?? fishers having the training and safety gear they need to ensure their safety as they join in lionfish hunts and/or deal with lionfish that are caught in their nets and traps on a day-today basis
?? markets that sustain economic incentive for fishers to capture and eradicate lionfish
?? sustainable alternative livelihoods for unemployed youth and women.

Project Objectives:
(1)To increase the number of strategic local efforts to control lionfish populations from one annual event per year in the Grenadines to three in 2014 and four in 2015.

(2) To increase public awareness and understanding of the issue and therefore build support for and engagement in the battle by May 2015.

(3) Deliver training and obtain appropriate protective and first aid gear to help fishers ensure their safety as they join in lionfish hunts and/or deal with lionfish that are caught in their nets and traps on a day-to-day basis by May 2015.

(4)Establish and build markets to create and sustain economic incentive for fishers to capture and eradicate lionfish by May 2015.

The Mayreau Regatta and Sporting Committee will host the following activities:
• Host successful REEF Sanctioned lionfish derbies in conjunction with the Hairoun Beer Mayreau Regatta in May 2014 and May 2015.
• Document the 2014 and 2015 derbies on social media and in a handbook to be shared with relevant organizations on other islands, including regatta committees and dive shops.
• Coach organizations on other Grenadines islands in developing and hosting annual derbies.
• Continue to monitor media (including social media) to stay abreast of best practices and to expand the project team’s knowledge and network of supporters and partners.
• Conduct current assessment of awareness and understanding on Mayreau and Union Island.
• Pre-derby poster blitz on Southern Grenadines, Petit Martinique and Carriacou.
• Conduct three school presentations in 2014 and six in 2015.
• Hold 5 hunts with local dive shops and 5 lionfish BBQ public information events each year.
• Work with Radio Grenadines to develop and air a series of motivational/educational shows.
• Present an educational play (with music/dance) during the Regatta’s Saturday evening talent show (May 3, 2014).
• Obtain and distribute 200 lionfish t-shirts to Regatta Volunteers, fishers and sailors each year.
• Conduct a high school poster contest and an elementary school colouring contest in 2015.
• Post interesting facts on Facebook and Twitter weekly beginning in April 2014.
• Conduct 5 capacity-building workshops with fishers each year.
• Offer an Introduction to SCUBA workshop to all Mayreau high school students during the Easter break in 2014 to prepare them to participate in local hunts and derbies.
• Purchase a variety of gear (including first aid materials) for Mayreau and Union fishers to test in 2014. (we have found that there are cultural barriers to fishers using protective gear, yet many do not want to handle lionfish because they’ve heard about painful envenomations).
• Hold a capacity–building workshop with Mayreau and Union fishers on constructing their own catch cans in 2014.
• Obtain fishers’ feedback on gear tested (including catch cans made in 2014)
• Purchase and distribute 25 sets of protective gear (5 per island) in 2015.
• Conduct a capacity-building workshop on exporting seafood to the US in the spring of 2014.
• Participate in follow-up capacity-building exercise organized by Canouan sea egg project in 2014 (see assumptions on page 11)
• Host a lionfish cooking competition for chefs in the region in conjunction with the traditional cooking competition at the 2014 regatta (Thursday, May 1).
• Confirm local restaurants/resorts as markets.
• Obtain and distribute lionfish recipe books to chefs and fishers.
• Test various methodologies for preparing byproducts (spines, fins, tails) for making jewelry by end of March 2014.
• Host a capacity-building workshop on making jewelry from lionfish byproducts by the middle of April 2014.
• Continue jewelry production through 2014 and 2015.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Mayreau Regatta and Sporting Committee
Country:
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 48,804.03
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 36,401.15
Project Number:
STV/SGP/OP5/Y3/CORE/ BD/14/01
Status:
Project Terminated Before Completion
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Community meeting and effort to involve community members and training for fisher folk not only in Mayreau but surrounding islands
Gender Focus
The composition of the Organization includes 9 males and 8 females. The project seeks to include both gender and create equal capacity building and livelihood opportunities for men, women and youths.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Claude Alexander
Phone: (784) 458-8560
Email: JeanettaC884@gmail.com
 

Address

Mayreau
Mayreau , Southern Grenadines , VCO 460

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Tasheka Haynes
Email:

Address

P.O. Box 2338, SeaBreeze Bldg. Arnos Vale
KINGSTOWN, CARIBBEAN