To better address the unpredictability of TCI’s fishery, essential fish landing sites across the country have been identified and visited and will prove critical for supporting fisheries data collection. While the islands of Grand Turk and South Caicos support large fisheries which operate out of a single area, Providenciales hosts a multitude of separate locations. The drivers between landing site choice are also different for each island, with customer accessibility more important on South Caicos and Grand Turk, versus vessel safety and community conflicts on Providenciales.
All of this information plays a crucial part in painting a holistic picture of the fishery, which can be used to guide both the design of data collection plans, but also management.
To read the full consultation report, you can visit the project webpage.