Phase 2 of Experimental Fish Trap Project Begins
The second stage of the â€˜experimental fish trap projectâ€™Â being implemented by the Government of Montserratâ€™s Youth and Sports DevelopmentÂ Programme, has commenced.
The fish trap project represents a partnership between the Youth and Sports DevelopmentÂ Programme, the WAITT Institute and Blue Halo Montserrat. The second stage primarilyÂ consists of trap deployment, hauling, collection of data relating to the fish type,Â measurement and ensuring the sustainability of the traps when compared to older trapÂ building methods.
The first set of traps were hauled on Friday, March 16th, 2018. The data collected will beÂ transported to the WAITT Institute Science lab for analyzes. In a few short weeks, theÂ second set of traps will be deployed, followed by the hauling of those traps, before theÂ completion of the second stage of the project.
As part of the second stage of the project, two technicians from the WAITT Institute arrivedÂ on island to assist with its implementation. WAITT Institute’s Science Manager, AndyÂ Estep arrived on March 15, followed by the arrival of Communication Specialist, ShaynaÂ Brody on March 16, to train and work with the youth apprentices.
Mr. Estep is primarily providing technical support to the fishers and data collector on theÂ specific process of collecting the data when the traps are pulled. He is also working withÂ the fishers on marine mapping. Ms. Brody on the other hand, is working closely with theÂ project's Outreach Officer, Dwight Sampson on the communication methods specific to the
project and will be assisting with the creation of an outreach strategy for the projectâ€™sÂ duration.
Both technical officers are a part of WAITTâ€™s team of specialists who are working closely onÂ every aspect of the project. Over the next 11 months, they will be frequenting the island asÂ various stages of the project are undertaken.
The first stage of the â€˜experimental fish trap projectâ€™ was the trap building stage which isÂ 90% complete.