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Cefas projects in UK overseas territories

Staff Writer |
A £228,500 Darwin Plus grant has been announced to support UK overseas territories in the Caribbean manage their marine fisheries and develop their fisheries in a sustainable manner.

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Speaking in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Cefas CEO Tom Karsten and Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour, Kedrick Pickering, announced details of the UK government grant.

The grant will deliver a three-year project from the 1st April 2017 in three UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean - the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and Anguilla.

In the BVI, the Darwin Plus project will assess the current stock of conch and spiny lobsters in the Anegada Horseshoe Reef Fisheries Protected Area, the largest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean, and one of the largest on earth, to provide more robust data to inform management of the essential fishery.

The project will further enable the BVI government to improve data collection and plan for continued sustainable use of these resources.

All projects have been developed in collaboration with the relevant UKOT governments to support a legacy of sustainable fisheries and improved environmental data and management.

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