Thirty ice-boxes were handed over on March 3 to the Grenville FAD Fisher Organisation for use by fishermen.
The handing over is part of an Ice Box investment project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and The Environment in collaboration with the Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies (ICCAS) project of the United Nations Development Project (UNDP).
A government release said that this initiative is aimed at assisting the Grenville Fishing community in achieving the objective of producing quality assured grade 1 and 2 quality fish for the export market.
The Grenville FAD Fisher Organisation is a non-profit group that promotes sustainable utilisation of marine resources using an ecosystem approach and community-based management to ensure that over fishing does not take place and that landing poor quality fish will be a thing of the past in the Grenville area.
During the ceremony to hand over the ice-box, Fisheries Gear Technologist, Moran Mitchell, gave a brief training on proper care and handling instructions of the iceboxes, the proper care of fish and the benefits of ice boxes as an adaptive measure for climate change effects.
The Fishermen in receiving the iceboxes stated that this will allow them to stay out on their fishing expeditions longer as they can now safely store their catch and be assured that their landed fish would not succumb to spoilage due to excessive heat and other weather conditions out on the water.
This investment by the UNDP – ICCAS project will impact not only the livelihoods of the fishers but also their families and the community as a whole.
The ICCAS project is part of the International Climate Change Initiative funded by the German government to assist Grenada to adapt to climate change and is executed through the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and the Environment.
In November 2015, UNDP ICCAS awarded XCD $82,369.00 (USD $30,317) to the Grenville FAD Fishers in an award ceremony held at the Grenada Trade Centre Annex.
These funds were given to allow the organisation to succeed in their project objectives of maintaining good quality fish from post-harvest to the final consumer and reducing post-harvest spoilage by storing fish in ice at sea.