Jewel Fraser

Reporting from the Caribbean

Jewel Fraser is a Barbadian journalist with roots in Guyana who currently lives in Trinidad and Tobago. She has been a print journalist for more than 20 years and an online journalist for five. A winner of the Inter-American Press Association scholarship in 1989, she has worked as a fixer and stringer for international publications and as a staff journalist in her country of residence. She is a graduate of the Humber College, Ontario, creative writing program.

Published on
May 25, 2018

Fisheries ministers from member states of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) were expected to move forward with fisheries management plans for blackfin tuna and the use of fish aggregating devices, at a meeting held mid-May in Montserrat.

This 12th Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council followed up on April's meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, the technical and advisory arm of the CRFM, and sought to advance the agenda for … Read More

Published on
May 24, 2018

Conservation International (CI) has been doing important work in marine and fisheries habitat conservation in the Caribbean and Latin America for several years, and has become well known for its science-based approach to conservation issues, including the developing of specialized tools for scientific analysis of the marine environment's health. SeafoodSource had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Marco Antonio Quesada Alpízar, director of CRead More

Published on
May 22, 2018

Cayman Island authorities have reportedly been unable thus far to locate and retrieve a lost fishing net that has killed hundreds of fish and sharks in its waters.

According to reports in British media, the ghost fishing net was found by a man from the United Kingdom who came across it while scuba diving in the Caribbean Sea. 

The diver who made the grisly discovery, Dominick Martin-Mayes of Hampshire, England, told the Independent in the U.… Read More

Published on
May 17, 2018

Global Fishing Watch, a transparency platform established by Google, Oceana, and Skytruth to map the location of all commercial fishing vessels anywhere in the world, has just signed an agreement with Costa Rica.

The agreement between the Costa Rican government and Global Fishing Watch (GFW) provides for mapping and analysis of activities at sea and fishing activities in the country's Exclusive Economic Zone, a report in El Nuevo Diario said.

"Th… Read More

Published on
May 16, 2018

A Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.-based company specializing in traceability systems recently announced the launch of new traceability software designed specifically for shellfish businesses.

Dynamic Systems Inc. launched the SIMBA traceability and real time inventory systems for shellfish processors in April. According to a press release sent by Dynamic to SeafoodSource, the software tracks shellfish from landing at the dock through to shipping the … Read More

Published on
May 15, 2018

A 2016 report produced by Oceana shows that one in every five samples of seafood tested worldwide is mislabeled, testimony to the widespread incidence of seafood fraud.

The scale and seriousness has led Oceana, an organization that works to protect the world's oceans, to undertake a campaign against seafood fraud in the United States, beginning in 2011. The campaign seeks to promote “boat-to-plate traceability for all seafood sold in the U.… Read More

Published on
May 3, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago is one of several Caribbean countries that will soon be participating in a biomonitoring project to evaluate mercury levels in fish regularly consumed in the region.

Titled Fish Mercury Biomonitoring in the Caribbean Region, the project “seeks to determine the mercury concentration of commonly consumed fish species. The species to be sampled will be determined on a national basis,” said Jewel Batchasingh, acting di… Read More

Published on
May 2, 2018

The World Bank has granted just under USD 5 million (EUR 4.1 million) to Jamaica to support a project aimed at helping vulnerable fishing communities.

Jamaica's Minister of Finance and Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, signed the USD 4.8 million (EUR 3.92 million) agreement at the end of March with World Bank Country Manager Galina Sotirova that will provide funding for the “Promoting Community-Based Climate Resilience in the Fisheries Proj… Read More

Published on
April 30, 2018

Fishers in Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana are being urged to take a united front against the sargassum invasions that have been wreaking havoc on the fishing industry over the past five years.

According to a report carried by France Info in April, the mayor of Cayenne, Marie-Laure Phinéra-Horth, told the beleaguered French Guianese fishermen, “You must present a common front with the French West Indies. We, the elected, th… Read More

Published on
April 26, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago, recognized as the Caribbean region's economic powerhouse, has been experiencing the same downward trend in its aquaculture sector seen in its less affluent neighbors. 

Whereas Latin America's share of aquaculture production had doubled between the early 1990s and 2014, that of the Caribbean had fallen by more than half during the same period, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization's “State of World Fish… Read More