by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (IWEco Project) in collaboration with the Ecosystem Management Division of the Department of Marine Resources is hosting a two week training session.
The public is invited to participate in the two week training session according to a release from the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries & Marine Resources IWEco Project.
The Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (IWEco Project) is a five-year, regional project that addresses water, land and biodiversity resource management as well as climate change.
Marine Biologist with the Department of Marine Resources, Tricia King explained that the sessions referred to as “MoReef for Coral Restoration” training focus on a design for artificial reefs and noted how adding more reefs in St. Kitts and Nevis enhances food security stating;
“[The reefs] serve the same purpose as a naturally occurring reef where it provides homes for different types of marine life. It also supports the increase of fish stock around the area and so that way it eventually supports food security as we eat marine creatures.”
The aim of the project is to build reef resilience to hurricanes and strong storms which could help to increase ecological improvements in the marine environment according to King.
The experts on the design are from Saba and conducted a recent installation in Kenya. Now St. Kitts will be added to the list of countries that have more reefs in our waters.
The MoReef training sessions will run for a period of two weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays. The training begins Monday, May 10th and runs from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. via Zoom.
Interested individuals wishing to join the training are asked to contact the Department of Marine Resources.