67th GCFI - Barbados
3 November 2014 - 7 November 2014
- • Adapting to climate change and variability
- • Building institutions for technical cooperation
- • Conserving biodiversity of marine resources
- • Developing capacity among diverse stakeholders
- • Enabling community disaster risk management
- • Forging links between tourism and fisheries
- History and Heritage Walking Tour Explore three centuries of Barbados' history and heritage in its UNESCO Heritage Site, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.
- Coastal cruising Enjoy an afternoon catamaran cruise of the west coast stopping for a bit of snorkeling and swimming with turtles.
- Terrestrial Trek Come and experience two of Barbados' natural wonders, The Welchman Hall Gully and the world famous Harrisons Cave.
- Round de’ Island Get a snapshot of Barbados in this coastal tour of the island. See the difference between the developed south and west coasts and the rugged north and east coasts. Lots of 'stops and stares' along the way with a picnic at Bathsheba, one of the most scenic places on the island on the east coast.
Barbados at a Glance
(by Miguel Pena)
Location and Geology
Located on the western fringes of the Atlantic Ocean at 13°N degrees north 60°W, Barbados is an island nation with a fascinating heritage and history. Geologically Barbados’ roots can be traced to the collision of the Caribbean and Atlantic plates which created a ridge that can be considered the island’s foundation. Over the millennia a combination of tectonic forces, deposit of clay from the ancient Orinoco River of northern South America, and the life and death of a virtual universe of coral, all assisted in the creation of Barbados approximately 600,000 years ago when the island emerged from the ocean.
Fast forward to 4000 BC-Barbados gets people!
For tens of thousands of years Barbados was shaped by the wind and sea currents and remained a habitat, like the rest of the America's, undisturbed by human activity. Then around 4000 BC, so the archaeologists' trowel and radio carbon dating tells us, the first people arrived on the island. It is believed the first Barbadians originated from what is now Venezuela and Guyana somewhere in the region of the Orinoco, as people from these areasbegan to migrate to the islands of the Caribbean several thousands of years ago. From then up until European contact in the early sixteenth century archaeological evidence suggests that at least three cultures existed in Barbados; Saladoid, Suezoid and Trumazoid. The generic term used to describe those first Barbadians is Amerindian and it is believed that one of the groups christened the island Ichirouganaim [red land with white teeth (reefs)].
European contact-The Iberian interlude
It is now believed that though he did not stop at Barbados, Christopher Columbus on his fourth and final voyage of exploration must have sailed close enough to the island to see it. The Iberian interlude with Barbados would continue when in 1511 a Spanish raiding party landed on the island, and finally in 1536 Pedro a Campos, a Portuguese mariner on his way to Brazil made land fall on the island giving it the antecedent to its European name-Los Barbados.
The sugar revolution through to Emancipation
After settling the island in 1627 the English engaged in planting cotton and tobacco. However when competing North American colonies began to out produce Barbadian producers of tobacco and cotton they switched to sugar cane and never looked back. Barbados was forever changed; the remnants of its original forest was cleared, Africans were imported in large numbers to be enslaved on the island, and the wealth of the planters soared. Slavery was ultimately ended in Barbados and the rest of the British Empire on the 1st August 1838 when full emancipation was granted to the enslaved population.
1930s to Independence
The century between Emancipation and the 1930s was one of little social, political and economic changes for the vast majority of Barbadians. This stasis fuelled large scale migration from the island, the most significant of which was the approximate 45,000 Barbadians who migrated to Panama; 20,000 of whom had been specifically recruited for the task. However with onset of the great depression many host countries began to close their doors to Barbadians. This, along with a limited franchise (right to vote), very low wages and lack of real opportunity caused many working class Barbadians to participate in the 1937 labour rebellion, one of several violent protests for change which swept the Caribbean during the 1930s. The end result of these labour rebellions was the start of a paradigm shift which eventually led to full universal suffrage, the legalization of trade unions, improved education, health and general living conditions and limited self-government by the late 1950s. A decade later the social, political and even economic changes which had evolved in Barbados had primed the island for independence from Britain in 1966.
1966 to the present day
In the near half century since Barbados became a sovereign nation its people have achieved much. Barbados has one of the highest standards of living in the world according to the United Nations Human Development Index built on the back of free education to the tertiary level and subsidized health care, a 98% literacy rate and a stable society. Some its most well known citizens include; authors George Lamming, Kamau Brathwaite and Tom Clarke;greatest cricketer in the world, Sir Garfield Sobers;folk and calypso musician, Anthony 'The Mighty Gabby' Carter;folk group, the 'Merrymen,' and international pop diva Rihanna. The island embraces people from all over the world with a friendliness which is world renowned and which has done much to make it one of the premier tourist destinations in the world. Barbadians remain proud of their history and are dedicated to hard work which is reflected in the nation's national motto 'Pride and Industry'.
For a list of attractions, restaurants, and a map of Barbados, download this information sheet.
The logo for this year's conference was conceptualized by CERMES and developed by Mark Headley, Media Aide, Educational and Media Services (EMS) at the University of the West Indies. Mark has a BA in Graphic Design.
This logo is a stylized representation of a Caribbean Small Island Developing State (SIDS) and is an adaptation of the international SIDSnet logo. The flyingfish, a national symbol of Barbados, represents both the host country and Caribbean fisheries. The gold and blue colours in the design reflect the national colours of Barbados. The sea, shown as interlocking waves, represents interdisciplinary marine science with integrated marine management which is the conference theme.
The theme of the 67th GCFI conference is "Small islands, big issues: applying fisheries and marine science to solve problems and create opportunities" as the UN has declared 2014 the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The SIDS process started in Barbadosin 1994 with the UN Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of SIDS.The Caribbean contains the largest number of SIDS. The 67th GCFI will focus on applying fisheries and marine science to solve problems and create opportunities in SIDS and larger countries. The emphasis will be on practical, interdisciplinary and ecosystem-based approaches to science and how these can make a difference in both conservation and development. The keynote speaker is Dr. Robert Pomeroy of the University of Connecticut and the WorldFish Center.
THEMATIC SESSION - Small islands, big issues: applying fisheries and marine science to solve problems and create opportunities
The University of the West Indies sponsored session will be held on Monday morning. Contributions are invited with a SIDS focus on the following topics:
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Robert Pomeroy
GCFI is pleased to announce that the opening address will be presented by Dr. Robert Pomeroy a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Connecticut Sea Grant College Fisheries Extension Specialist at the University of Connecticut – Avery Point in Groton. He is also a Principal Scientist at the WorldFish Center headquartered in Penang, Malaysia. Before starting at UConn in August 2002, Dr. Pomeroy worked at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC from September 1999 to December 2001 where he helped develop a marine program. Prior to that, he worked at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM) in Manila, Philippines from 1991 to 1999. Bob was a Fisheries Economist for South Carolina Sea Grant and Extension and Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Clemson University from 1984-1991. His PhD in Resource Economics is from Cornell University. His areas of professional interest are marine resource economics and policy, specifically small-scale fisheries management and development, coastal zone management, aquaculture economics, international development, policy analysis, and seafood marketing. Dr. Pomeroy has worked on research and development projects in over 70 countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
The focus of Dr. Pomeroy's professional activities for the last twenty-five years has been on improved governance of small-scale fisheries. More specifically, his vision has been to develop new ideas and methods to alleviate poverty and hunger for residents of coastal communities in tropical developing countries and to conserve the natural resources upon which these people depend for their livelihood, food and income. He is one of the world's leading experts on small-scale fisheries management and development and on co-management with experience in the Gulf and Caribbean region.
General Meeting Information
The 67th GCFI will be comprised of oral sessions and poster sessions. All oral presentations will be simultaneously interpreted into English and Spanish; French is pending based on funding). All oral presenters are required to submit a manuscript for publication in the Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.
The General Poster Session will be held on the evening of 4 November 2014. The preferred poster size is 24” x 36” for either orientation.
Abstracts are due 15 August 2014
Special Sessions and Workshops
Abstracts are requested that focus on identifying strategies to improve fishery-dependent data collection systems in the wider Caribbean. Areas of interest include the following: 1) identifying minimum data requirements and mechanisms for improving efficiencies in data collection, 2) continued information and/or technological needs or improvements needed to produce substantive reductions in uncertainty in the management advice, and 3) mechanisms to enhance participatory data collections. Abstracts identifying new developments, or case studies that demonstrate improvements in survey operations and analytical tools to data-limited assessments are particularly encouraged.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is sponsoring this session.
For those interested in participating as a convener for this session, please contact , , or,
The 2014 Fishers Forum focuses directly upon fisheries livelihoods along the entire value chain "from hook to cook". The sub-title "living for the work" reminds us that, contrary to previous popular opinion, many people do not get involved in fisheries as an occupation of last resort. For them it is a preference and a good fit to their personalities, culture, and social structure. They live for the work. On the other hand, it is becoming harder for many in the Gulf and Caribbean region to make ends meet at the enterprise, household and community levels from fisheries alone. Small-scale fisheries are being marginalized.
The Forum will provide an opportunity to address livelihood issues by sharing the experiences and views of leading fisherfolk from around the region. This will allow GCFI members and the Fisheries for Fishers Initiative (F4F) to develop practical actions to address identified issues in consultation with fishers and other stakeholders. We aim for fisherfolk to play an increasing role in the move towards more sustainable resources and livelihoods throughout the Gulf and Caribbean as part of the GCFI F4F initiative.
This workshop will discuss the findings and look at the diversity and scope of existing organizations and collective action in Small Scale Fisheries, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses, and formulating a capacity development strategy to strengthen organizations and collective action in SSF to reduce poverty while promoting responsible fisheries. A small number of international experts from around the world will be invited to participate in this workshop organized by FAO. Sections of the workshop are integrated with the Fishers Forum, which will supply most of the remaining participants.
A workshop is proposed for the Caribbean, the overall objective of which is to contribute to successful fisheries-oriented MPA management in the countries of the Caribbean region by facilitating an exchange of experiences and views among MPA managers and practitioners, fishers and fishing communities, governments representatives – including fisheries, parks and environment departments and agencies – academia and NGOs. The workshop will identify issues, best practices and critical processes for planning and implementing MPAs in the context of fisheries, in particular with regard to small-scale fisheries.
A special workshop will be held on data-limited stock assessments in the greater Caribbean region. The goal of this 1.5 day, interactive workshop will be to identify minimum fishery-dependent data collection needs to inform stock assessments in the region, and identify options for enhancing efficiencies in sampling. Workshop participants will discuss data needs and challenges related to different types of assessment models and management questions, as well as mechanisms for enhancing stakeholder participation in data collection. A report will be produced to summarize these findings and support future work on improving assessments in the region. Interested parties should write a brief letter of intent to the conveners describing what they would gain through participation in the workshop. Applicants who are directly involved in management, stock assessment, fisheries data analysis, or survey design will receive priority for workshop selection.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is sponsoring this session.
For those interested in participating as a convener for this session, please contact , , or,
Opportunities for Students
Outstanding Student Awards for Academic Achievement
Two awards are presented each year to students presenting oral or poster presentations at the annual conference. The winners receive travel to the following GCFI meeting up to $1,500. These awards are sponsored by NOAA's Caribbean Fisheries Management Council and consortium from the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs (Florida Sea Grant, Mississippi/Alabama Sea Grant, Louisiana Sea Grant and Texas Sea Grant programs. For more information, please follow this link.
Student Travel Awards
Each year, GCFI is pleaed to offer two awards to assist with travel costs to the annual GCFI. These awards are sponsored by the Puerto Rico SeaGrant Program. For more information, please visit this link.
Ron Schmied Award
The Ron Schmied Scholarship, a GCFI initiative supported by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and private individuals, will be offered to a qualified graduate student in support of their travel to the 66th GCFI in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Scholarship is in the amount of $1,500. Graduate students with an interest in social, economic, biological, ecological, or management perspective on recreational fisheries will be eligible to apply for this scholarship. The deadline for students applying for the award and submitting accompanying abstract and all supporting paperwork is July 31. Students will be notified of acceptance/rejection of their application by September 1. For more information, please visit this page.
SCRFA Award for Students of Fish Aggregations
The Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations (SCRFA) will offer a Student Travel Award of US$800 to a student working in the Gulf of Mexico and/or Caribbean Region to attend the 67th GCFI. The SCRFA Award is to encourage and help students to work on fish aggregations and showcase their ideas and work at GCFI. The deadline for applying is 1 August 2014. Please visit this page for more information.
Book of Abstracts
The Book of Abstracts will only be provided online in page-flipping software with options to download in pdf formats, add notes, translate abstracts, and print pages. The Book of Abstracts will be available after the abstract submission deadline has passed.
The meeting venue will be the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, P.O. Box 73W Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados WI. Phone (246)-435-8920. Toll Free (888) 71 ACCRA / 1 888 712-2272 (USA & Canada), Fax: (246)435-6794 . Reservations can be made online on the GCFI conference booking page.
This 4-star, AAA Diamond-rated three and a half acre property is ideally located on the beautiful Rockley Beach on the lively south coast just 20 minutes from the airport, 15 minutes from the capital Bridgetown and on the outskirts of the recently inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site – Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. One could not ask for a better location! Stroll or jog along the seashore on the 1.6 km South Coast Boardwalk from Rockley Beach to Needhams Point; delight in the wide selection of casual and fine dining that surrounds the hotel; shop at the nearby Quayside Centre Shopping Plaza and Lanterns Mall; travel anywhere around the island on frequent and cheap public transport available just outside the hotel; and just about 10 minutes away explore the St. Lawrence Gap for exciting nightlife and more restaurant options.
The following table contains the rates for the Accra Beach Hotel. The rate includes taxes. Meals are not included. The cutoff date for reservations is Friday October 17. Reservations must be cancelled 7 days before the date of arrival to avoid a 2 night penalty.
|Option 1: Room and Taxes Only||$/Night|
|Single or Double Occupancy (no food included)||$US 169.00|
|Option 2: Room, Breakfast, and Taxes|
|Single Occupancy||$US 191.00|
|Double Occupancy||$US 213.00|
|For an extra person in each room, in the instance of triple occupancy, there is a charge of US$35.00 tax inclusive per person per night, on a room only basis.
Children under 12 years accompanied by an adult stay free of charge.
Applicable meal plan rates would apply for additional persons and children over 4 years based on final confirmed rate.
GCFI Field Trips
(5 November 2014)
A specified contribution to each tour will be required from each participant. More details on this as well as the tours will be availabel on this webpage.
Oistins Excursion - Thursday Evening
(6 November 2014)
We are getting you out of the hotel and taking you to Oistins for a real Bajan fish fry on Thursday night. Oistins is a dominant fishing town and community on the south coast of the island about 20 minutes drive from the Accra Beach Hotel. The now popular Friday and Saturday night Oistins Fish Fry offers a truly Barbadian cultural dining experience with a street party setting for visitors and locals. Excellent fish, fried or grilled, served in an informal setting under a full moon…yes, there will be a full moon on 6 November…awaits you! This will be a pay-your-way event with transportation provided to and from Oistins. Please return to this page for updates.
Air Travel Discount
GCFI has arranged a 5% discount for people travelling to Barbados on American Airlines for travel originating from any location. The discount is applicable on all fares including discount fares; however, reservations must be made on the American Airlines website. The reduced fare is available for travel from 30 October to 11 November. In order to receive the reduced fare, you must use the following aa.com promotion code when booking your ticket: 19H4BV
- The percentage discount can be booked on-line at www.aa.com/group for AA/AE flights only. Use the authorization number noted above as the aa.com promotion code. Certain restrictions apply.
- Tickets may be purchased by calling AA Meeting Services at 1-800-433-1790. For AA ticketing the form of payment must be money order, certified/cashier check, valid credit card and a separate ticketing fee will apply.
- Electronic ticketing must be issued for all eligible itineraries, otherwise a paper ticket fee will apply.
- Other airline segments must be ticketed separately unless otherwise noted in contract. - AADVANTAGE members may accrue mileage on American Airlines for tickets purchased at contracted rates. For the rules of mileage accrual on partner airlines, please check with the AADVANTAGE Department.
- Electronic and Monetary upgrades to Business or First class are allowed after ticketing. Certificate award upgrades to Business or First are allowed based on AADVANTAGE certificate guidelines.
Car Rental Discount
GCFI has arranged a discount with Avis Rental Cars for those attending the GCFI conference in Barbados. Rates can be obtained using the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number that is assigned to GCFI to receive the best available rates from Avis. Special rate code: D015482 The group discount number is designed to provide the best available rate, includes unlimited mileage. Reservations should be made by calling Avis directly at (800) 331-1600 or by using this link
Airport transfers are not included in the conference arrangements, but taking taxi from the airport to your hotel in Barbados is simple and easy. After you clear Customs see the uniformed taxi dispatcher outside of the Arrivals Hall and tell her or him your hotel destination. You will get a trip ticket with the correct fare clearly marked on it, and be guided to the next available authorised taxi.
If you are looking for more personalised, reliable transportation services to and from the airport, and indeed throughout the 67th GCFI meeting, CERMES can recommend Ms. Avril Butcher and Mr. Terry Bradshaw to meet your transportation needs. Group and individual transportation arrangements are available. Contact them directly to find out more about their rates (which may vary with group size and luggage), and to make your private transportation arrangements.
Visa Information - IMPORTANT
For the 67th GCFI Conference, all individuals travelling by sea or air will require a passport or other accepted official form of identification to enter the island. There are a number of countries that require visas to travel to Barbados.
Please make contact with the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if you think that you will require one or to obtain one.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Address: Culloden Road, St. Michael, Barbados
Phone : (246)431-2200
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember Advance planning can smooth the visa application process for you. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel!