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  • ISSN: 1995-1124

    CRFM Technical & Advisory Document Series Number 2014 / 2

    TRAINING NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF THE FISHERIES DIVISIONS OF THE CARIBBEAN REGIONAL

    FISHERIES MECHANISM (CRFM) MEMBER STATES

    CRFM Secretariat Belize 2014

  • CRFM Technical & Advisory Document - Number 2014 / 2 Training Needs Assessment of the Fisheries Divisions of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Member States Prepared by: Mr. Thor Asgeirsson Marine Research Institute, United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme, P. O. Box 1390, Skulagata 4, 121, Reykjavik, Iceland. Email: thoras@hafro.is

    CRFM Secretariat, Belize 2014

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  • CRFM TECHNICAL & ADVISORY DOCUMENT Number 2014 / 2

    Training Needs Assessment of the Fisheries Divisions of the Caribbean Regional

    Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Member States

    @ CRFM 2014

    All rights reserved.

    Reproduction, dissemination and use of material in this publication for educational or noncommercial

    purposes are authorized without prior written permission of the CRFM, provided the source is fully

    acknowledged. No part of this publication may be reproduced, disseminated or used for any commercial

    purposes or resold without the prior written permission of the CRFM.

    Correct Citation:

    Asgeirsson, T. 2014. Training Needs Assessment of the Fisheries Divisions of the Caribbean Regional

    Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Member States. CRFM Technical & Advisory Document, No. 2014 / 2. 27p.

    ISSN: 1995-1124

    ISBN: 978-976-8165-99-2

    Published by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Secretariat, Belize and St. Vincent and the Grenadines

    This document was produced with technical assistance and funding provided by the United Nations

    University Fisheries Training Progamme, Reykjavik, Iceland.

  • i

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    LIST OF ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS ....................................................................................... iii

    1. INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................... 1

    2. TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CARIBBEAN ........................................................................ 1

    2.1 Universities in CRFM member states .............................................................................................. 1

    2.2 Short term training opportunities through CRFM ........................................................................... 4

    2.3 Fisheries Division Training needs and the selection of staff/trainees.............................................. 5

    3. METHODS .............................................................................................................................................. 6

    4. RESULTS ................................................................................................................................................ 7

    4.1 The role and main tasks of the Fisheries Divisions ......................................................................... 7

    4.2 Staff of the Fisheries Divisions........................................................................................................ 7

    4.2.1 Education of the Fisheries Division staff ................................................................................ 7

    4.2.2 Training for Fisheries Division staff ....................................................................................... 8

    4.2.3 Age structure of the Fisheries Division .................................................................................. 8

    4.2.4 Gender ratio among the Fisheries Division staff .................................................................... 9

    4.3 Competency of the Fisheries Divisions ......................................................................................... 10

    4.4 Self-assessed training needs .......................................................................................................... 12

    4.5 Received training ........................................................................................................................... 13

    5. CONCLUSIONS AND DISCUSSION ................................................................................................. 13

    6. RECOMMENDATIONS ....................................................................................................................... 15

    Appendix A: Mission and goals of the Fisheries Divisions .......................................................................... 16

    Appendix B: List of training activities in CRFM member states for the past 3 years ................................... 18

    Appendix C: The Training Needs Assessment Survey .................................................................................. 20

    Appendix D: The identified major tasks in the Fisheries Divisions .............................................................. 26

  • ii

    TABLE OF FIGURES

    Figure 1: Education of the FDs staff by category (n=12) ................................................................................. 8

    Figure 2: Age structure of the staff (SFO, FO, OS) of the Fisheries Divisions (n=12) .................................... 9

    Figure 3: Gender ratio (%) of the Fisheries Divisions (n=11) .......................................................................... 9

    Figure 4: Competency of the Fisheries Divisions (n=12) in carrying out specific tasks (1 = poor and 5 =

    excellent) ........................................................................................................................................................ 10

    Figure 5: Average score from competency questions compared to self-assessment overall performance

    (n=12) of the CRFM member states ............................................................................................................... 11

    Figure 6: Evaluation of statements on Fisheries Divisions operation (1=disagree, 5=agree, n=12) .............. 12

    Figure 7: Training needs (categories) as identified by Fisheries Divisions .................................................... 12

    TABLE OF TABLES

    Table 1: Universities in CRFM's member states and their programmes related to fisheries ............................ 3

    Table 2: The CRFM member states. Those marked with a * did complete the Training Needs Assessment

    questionnaire ..................................................................................................................................................... 6

  • iii

    LIST OF ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

    ACP African, Caribbean and Pacific states

    ANCORS Australia National Center for Ocean Resources and Security

    CCCFP Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy

    CERMES Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies

    CIDA Canadian International Development Agency

    CFO Chief Fisheries Officer

    CFTDI Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute

    CRFM Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism

    FAD Fish Aggregating Device

    FD Fisheries Division

    FO Fisheries Officer

    IOI International Ocean Institute

    JICA Japan International Cooperation Agency

    MoU Memorandum of Understanding

    NGO Non-Governmental Organizations

    OS Office Staff

    SFO Senior Fisheries Officer

    SGP Sea Grant Program

    SKN St. Kitts and Nevis

    SVG St. Vincent and the Grenadines

    TNA Training Needs Assessment

    UB University of Belize

    UK United Kingdom

    UNU-FTP United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme

    UWI University of the West Indies

  • 1

    1. INTRODUCTION With a common fisheries policy among Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism countries, member

    countries need qualified personnel to adopt and implement the policy for the benefit of their people. The

    Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP) will serve as a guide for member states in

    setting rules and regulations for fisheries. National strategies must be formulated for sustainable use of

    marine resources and qualified people are needed at all levels to carry out regional and national policies.

    Mandates of each institute and organization that play a role in the fisheries administration must be clear.

    The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) plays a pivotal role in fisheries development in the

    Caribbean by mobilizing resources, sharing information, and assisting countries in need of developing and

    managing their fisheries. The CRFM Secretariat implements agreements from its Ministerial Council and

    the executive board (also called the forum). Today, 17 Caribbean countries are members of the CRFM and

    each state has a Fisheries Division with the mandate of carrying out regional and national fisheries policy,

    promoting sustainable use of marine resources, promoting food security, and increasing social and financial

    benefits of fishing activities (see Appendix A). In addition to the Fisheries Divisions there may be several