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Plans to entice youth into fisheries sector

January 11, 2023

Barbados’ new Chief Fisheries Officer intends to engage more young people to become a part of the fisheries sector.

Dr. Shelly-Ann Cox, an experienced ocean professional and fisheries management specialist, assumed duties on January 3.

She has been outlining her vision for the industry, designed to take it forward and raise its profile among the Barbadian public.

Dr. Cox intends to create a change in market behaviour, to bring it in line with that seen in business places, improve the environment and to tackle the integration of digital technologies to increase efficiency in the sector.

She raised concern about the lack of documentation for traditional knowledge in an interview with the Government Information Service, noting efforts will be made to capture the history from the older fishermen, particularly in the areas of boat building, net knitting and the plaiting of certain bait baskets.

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