Blue Halo Fisheries Data Internship
Waitt Institute & Sustainable Fisheries Group
The goal of this internship was to design and implement fisheries data collection protocols for length data of target species, and integrate fisheries landings information into a national database. In addition, the internship involved close collaboration with the Montserrat National Trust to help determine and establish mechanisms that can be used to sustainably finance fisheries enforcement. The internship involved collaborating with the Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) to conduct data-limited fisheries analyses, and model management scenarios under their close mentorship. Activities also included conducting a literature review on gear-based management relevant to Montserrat’s fisheries to support SFG’s gear-based impact analysis, and an assessment of sustainable finance scenarios to fund fisheries enforcement in the Blue Halo initiatives. Key deliverables from the summer included a report on finance mechanisms for enforcement, as well as write-ups for the quantitative analysis parameterized for fisheries enforcement options in Blue Halo sites. The internship was field based in Montserrat.