The One-Day Training Offered Technical Insight On Fisheries Science And Fisheries Management To Better Assist Local Media In Their Coverage Of Fisheries Related Stories
Twenty journalists and communication professionals from all around the country attended the one-day training workshop entitled “Fish School”, hosted by Oceana in Belize City on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina.
During the workshop, participants heard presentations from Margot Stiles, Marine Scientist and Chief of Strategy and Philip Chou - Senior Advisor, Science and Strategy, both from Oceana. Among the topics the workshop covered, were overfishing and illegal fishing, the impact of climate-related changes, seafood sustainability, fish and habitat, fisheries management, fishing methods and transparency. The training also allowed those in attendance to share information and their experience, including some of the challenges they face when covering fisheries related stories.
“Fishing is part of the Belizean DNA. It’s a valued cultural tradition and an important source of food and income for many coastal communities, yet it remains a complex theme for journalists to cover. Effective fisheries communication and a strong, informed media is necessary to not only build awareness but also, a more complete understanding of the importance and urgency of sustainable fisheries management by the public”, stated Janelle Chanona, Vice-President of Oceana in Belize. “In this regard, Oceana is pleased to build and develop a network of journalists who will not only promote sustainable fisheries, but also produce factual, insightful reporting on fisheries issues in Belize.”
Participants of the workshop, all received certificates of completion at the end of the course.