StewardFish Communication tools and practices in use for fisheries information in the Caribbean
The provision of timely and salient fisheries information tailored for fisherfolk use is critical in promoting ecosystem stewardship for fisheries sustainability. Fisheries information in the Caribbean is communicated in several ways using different communication tools and platforms. However, the information is generally not packaged or tailored for fisherfolk, the intended end users. This may limit their awareness of new concepts, guidelines and policies that have implications for their day-to-day operations, and exclude them from making valuable input into fisheries policies, plans and practices. This report provides a summary of an investigation of the communication tools and practices in use for fisheries information in the 17 CRFM member states. This exercise provided valuable insight to the tools used by end users and their practices for accessing information. We found that WhatsApp and word of mouth (used daily in many cases) were the preferred means of communication for fisheries information. This exercise also revealed that potential tools such as Email and Facebook can be explored. The extent to which fisheries information providers in the region are using WhatsApp to communicate with fisherfolk needs to be determined, as well as their capacity to use the platform effectively. We recommend that the CRFM leads an assessment of the capacities of fisheries information providers/producers in the Caribbean to effectively employ the communication tools used by fisherfolk to receive fisheries information. We anticipate that this assessment will help to inform interventions at regional and national levels to improve communication and promote ecosystem stewardship for fisheries sustainability.