Since 2010, the Department of Marine Resources adapted a reformed fisheries management approach which considers a full array of the interactions within the ecosystem, called ecosystem based management.
Department of Marine Resources utilizes a tripartite approach to sustainable fisheries management – Marine Management Area, Aquaculture and Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs).
The ecosystem based approach that the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has embarked upon integrates marine habitat management and sustainable use of the resources as an alternative way to secure and increase in fish landings. The progression in establishing a marine management area in the federal waters of St. Kitts and Nevis through the strengthening of the legislation, allows for effective management.
The newly revised legislation emphasizes safety measures and better management guidelines for our high seas and local fishing fleets. Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) also relieve the fishing pressure on the reef habitat and introduces alternative fish species to the federation enhancing food security.
The Department of Marine Resources is implementing aspects of the Aquaculture Development Strategy by continuing its work with the St. Kitts Nevis Aquaculture Pilot Project and Environmental Research (SNAPPER). DMR has initiated a Seamoss Pilot Project which serves as a means of alternative livelihoods.
The Seamoss Pilot Project included cultivation of an introduced species, training and capacity building, basic market research and product development.