Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Professional Development Program

The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Development Program is a four-month program at the University of Florida to help the development of a fisheries professional in the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean region to further their professional development.  The scholarship provides for airfare, lodging, and a monthly stipend of $1,500 US for living expenses for an overall total of approximately $10,000 USD.  The program takes place at the University of Florida and coincides with the spring or fall academic semester.

The successful candidate will study a topic of their interest from the following focal areas: Policy and Management, Data Collection and Analysis, Stock Assessment, and Geographic Information Systems.  The student is matched with Florida Sea Grant–affiliated faculty whose expertise aligns with their area of interest.

Program Requirements

The program is restricted to individuals who can meet the following requirements:

  • Employment by a fisheries resource ministry, government agency or NGO operating in the wider Caribbean region
      –CRFM member states; Bermuda; American countries from Mexico to Colombia; Venezuela; US Territories
  • Bachelor’s or professional degree
  • Health insurance
  • English language proficiency
  • Not open to students or to professionals residing in the continental US

Award Recipients

Mr. Riviere Sebastien (Dominica – 2011-2012) A plan for engaging stakeholders to promote co-management of Dominica’s FAD fishery
Mr. Randel Thompson (St. Kitts and Nevis – 2013) Mapping St Kitts and Nevis’ landing sites and offshore fishing infrastructure
Mrs. Anginette Murray (Jamaica – 2014) A spatial analysis of conch abundance and fishing pressure on Jamaica’s Pedro Bank
Mr. Jamie Herbert (Antigua and Barbuda – 2015)
Ms. Rosemarie Kishore (Trinidad and Tobago – 2017) Survey methods for quantifying offshore fishing catch and effort in Antigua and Barbuda (stay tuned for more about Rosemarie)