On February 19, 2016 BFF held a one day workshop to develop a Advocacy and Communication Strategy and Action Plan. This workshop was an output of the project Building the organization and advocacy capacity of the Belize Federation of Fishers and its membership to ensure their active participation in fisheries governance and management processes at the local, national and regional levels which is being implemented by the Belize Federation of Fishers (BFF) and funded under the Fisherfolk Strengthening Fund of the Strengthening Caribbean Fisherfolk to Participate in Governance (SCFPG) project. The European Union EuropeAid Program funded SCFPG project is being implemented by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) in partnership with the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies of the University of the West Indies (UWI_CERMES); Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO); Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and Panos Caribbean.
There were two main issues identified as important to the Federation
1. Inadequate involvement of fishers in fisheries governance and management
2. Limited awareness among fishers about fisheries regulations
Objectives of the workshop
a. Get an understanding of the issues affecting the fishers
b. Get an understanding of the mind-set of the fishers in the industry. How do they see themselves? How do they think others see them?
c. Get an understanding of why they fish? Why do they participate in an industry that may not be profitable for them?
d. Get the real message they want to promote.