Antigua and Barbuda, and other CARICOM nations, will soon benefit from the arrival in the region of a top Indian fisheries assessment scientist.
The High commissioner of India accredited to CARICOM Secretariat based in Guyana, Dr. K. J. Srinivasa announced last Friday that the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) welcomed Dr. Pranaya Kumar Parida to its technical team from India, under its ITEC expert scheme.
Dr. Parida, who holds a Ph.D. in Fisheries Resource Management from India has more than 18 years of experience in Fisheries Research, Teaching and Extension. India recruited him to assume a three-year tenure with the CRFM through the long-standing Cooperation Programme between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Government of India under its ITEC programme.
While on assignment in the region, Dr. Parida will assist the CRFM, and its member states, with fisheries assessment studies, statistical analyses of commercially exploited marine fish stocks, as well as the formulation of fisheries management plans and advice for decision-making.
He will also provide training to Fisheries Biologists, Data Collectors, and Data Managers in CRFM member states and at the CRFM Secretariat.
During his tenure in the region, Dr. Parida will be based at the CRFM Office which is located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Dr. Parida is credited with the publication of more than thirty-five international peer-reviewed research papers, ten popular articles, and two books. He has been awarded a design patent and has filed another four patents as co-inventor.
Previously, he served as Assistant Professor (Fisheries Resource Management) at College of Fisheries, GADVASU, Ludhiana. He has also conducted over fifty training programmes for farmers, university students and government officials across India.
High Commissioner Srinivasa stated that this deployment is another addition under its flagship Development partnership programme which forms a major pillar of India-CARICOM relations.
As part of this partnership, India has contributed to various projects in the region in areas such as infrastructure, transport, healthcare, solar energy, agriculture, information technology and others under the ITEC Programme which is designed for skill development and capacity building to support the region’s developmental goals which includes deputation of experts like Dr. Parida.
Dr. Srinivasa also underlined India’s willingness to work with CARICOM nations on future projects in line with their interest and priorities.
The high commissioner has urged all CARICOM member countries to make use of Dr. Parida’s expertise in the fisheries sector.
According to Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, “The recruitment of Dr. Parida to assist with stock assessment studies is expected to provide critical data and information on the state of our fisheries, enabling CRFM Member States to enhance the way they manage the region’s fisheries resources.
“Through this engagement, the CRFM will continue to work towards strategically improving the sustainable development and management of the living marine resources of the CARICOM and CRFM Member States.
“The CRFM Secretariat is very grateful for the generous support being provided by the Government of India in making the services of Dr. Parida available to the CRFM member states.”