Fisheries Assessment and Data Modeling


21.06.2023 - 27.06.2023


Barbados (view on map)


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A cadre of eighteen (18) Fisheries personnel from the Caribbean recently completed a customized Caribbean short course on Fisheries Assessment and Data Modelling, convened in Barbados from 21-27 June 2023, by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). The training was supported by the GRÓ-Fisheries Training Programme (or GRÓ-FTP), formerly the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP), under the auspices of the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


The lead trainers were Dr. Einar Hjorleifsson, Fisheries Scientist at the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute Iceland, and Dr. Warsha Singh, GRÓ-FTP stock assessment specialist, who worked in partnership with the CRFM’s senior technical team: Dr. Sandra Grant, Deputy Executive Director; Dr. Pranaya Parida, Fisheries Scientist; and Mrs. June Masters, Statistics and Information Analyst, to deliver the in-person training which spanned five and a half days. This was a follow-up to the online segment of the training convened over 4 days on June 9, 12, 14, and 16.

Through their longstanding partnership, the CRFM, based in Belize, and GRÓ-FTP, based in Iceland, collaborated on developing and delivering this course, to strengthen the capacity of key stock assessment and fisheries data analysis specialists in the Caribbean. Part-funding was provided by some CRFM Member States, as well as the Biodiversity Support Programme for ACP Coastal Environments (BioSPACE), funded by the European Union and implemented by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission.

The Fisheries personnel who completed the Fisheries Assessment and Data Modelling course—a ‘training of trainers’ initiative—have returned to their respective countries equipped with new knowledge and skills to share with their national teams. Six GRÓ-FTP alumni from the Caribbean participated in the training as resource persons, to reinforce their knowledge and provide training support to other course participants.

In addressing the participants during the training, Dr. Grant highlighted the critical importance of performing regular assessments of fisheries data collected from fishers to support evidence-based decision-making, to inform policymakers, and to give useful feedback to fishers and other stakeholders.


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Warsha Singh

2005 | Six month training
Stock Assessment
MSc scholarship, PhD scholarship

Einar Hjorleifsson

Supervisor, Lecturer
Marine and Freshwater Research Institute



Abigail Damaris Quiroz

2022 | Six month training
Aquatic Resource Assessment and Monitoring

Derrick Theophille

2015 | Six month training
Stock Assessment

Kurt Arthur Hilton

2022 | Six month training
Aquatic Resource Assessment and Monitoring

Anginette Orinthea Murray Martin

2009 | Six month training
Stock Assessment

Andrea T. M. Browne

2023 | Six month training
Aquatic Resource Assessment and Monitoring
Saint Kitts and Nevis

Makeba Brandie Ayanna Felix

2022 | Six month training
Aquatic Resource Assessment and Monitoring
Saint Lucia