With the support of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), Anguilla fisherfolk have created a new video entitled “Anguilla’s Fishing Dilemma” highlighting the impacts of climate change on the fisheries sector and priorities for action to build their resilience.  

These key impacts include rising ocean temperatures, coral bleaching and more extreme hurricanes and storms that damage their fishing grounds, fish landing sites, boats and other gear. These impacts also lead to shifts in fish distribution and increases in fishing effort and costs.The video was developed as part of the Darwin Plus project, Climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat.

This project is being implemented by CANARI in partnership with the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources – Anguilla, Fisheries and Ocean Resources Unit – Montserrat and the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) – University of the West Indies.

Using a participatory process, CANARI supported the fisherfolk as well as other coastal and marine resource users and managers in Anguilla to jointly identify the topic, draft a story board and script, and collect and edit video footage at various sites to produce the video.

The fisherfolk also selected specific groups to target for the video, including key policy makers needed to enable changes in policy and practice in the fisheries sector.

This participatory process helped to build their capacity to communicate effectively about climate change and use participatory video as a tool to document their local perspectives on climate change, its impacts and priorities for action for awareness raising and advocacy.

CANARI and the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources – Anguilla are continuing to work with the Anguilla fisherfolk and other coastal and marine stakeholders to disseminate the participatory video and enable knowledge exchange to adapt and build resilient fisheries and related livelihoods.