Ascension : ASCENSION ISLAND CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 19.06.2014 (Article Archived on 03.07.2014)
Currently, a number of representatives from the South Atlantic Overseas Territories and various organisations in the UK are on-island for a regional workshop
Ascension Island Hosts a South Atlantic Overseas Territories Regional Workshop on Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas
Currently, a number of representatives from the South Atlantic Overseas Territories and various organisations in the UK are on-island for a regional workshop organised by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), led by former Ascension Island Conservation Officer, Tara Pelembe, and facilitated by Ascension Island Government at the Red Lion conference facility in Green Mountain National Park. The workshop is bringing colleagues together to discuss how we can share best practice between established fisheries and developing/ emerging fisheries in the South Atlantic OTs and also the role of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in fisheries management. There is an excellent range of expertise from the region, including representatives from Ascension Island, St Helena, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the furthest travelled participant – James Glass from Tristan da Cunha, as well as experts from UK-based organisations including JNCC, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). A lot of the discussions are based on the commercial aspects of fisheries, but the participants enjoyed going out with local fishermen at the weekend to learn more about recreational fishing on Ascension Island. We will provide more information about how the workshop went next week and also an update from the Marine and Fisheries team on Ascension Island about how they are going about aging the fish from the heads that have kindly been donated by fishermen here.
Participants from Ascension Island, St Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the UK outside of the Red Lion.