Roderick Telemaque, a fisher in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Roderick tirelessly advocates for fishers and pushes the industry to improve. “You need an organization to have your voice heard,” he tells his fishing community. “Develop a cooperative, invest in yourself.” When the St. Vincent FAD Fishers Association formed, Roderick was unanimously voted president.
Shanna Emmanuel, a fisheries biologist in Saint Lucia
“I’m an island girl. I love the ocean, it defines us a people, it’s who we are. If we’re going to do conservation work, we have to figure out how we can pay for it,” explains Shanna. She helped establish a groundbreaking national trust fund in Saint Lucia that will channel public, private and locally raised money to conservation projects.
Olando Harvey, a marine managed area coordinator in Grenada
“I focus on how communities interact with the resource," says Olando. "I try to ensure they understand why we protect the environment and how they can make a positive impact."
Shanique Stewart, an artist in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
She’s not a marine biologist or even a diver, but Shanique is an expert in the colorful intricacies of countless Caribbean fish. As a young muralist on the small island of St. Vincent, she put in hours studying marine species to bring their beauty to life along the streets of Kingstown. “When you see something beautiful, you want to preserve it," she believes.
Stephen Moore, a fisher in St. Kitts and Nevis
Stephen designed a program that gives fishers who complete sustainability training access to gear at marked-down prices. His innovative leadership is an example of compromise in the name of conservation and has helped guide how fishers can benefit from marine managed areas. “The more we are aware, the more we believe in conservation. The more we study, the more we see the benefits,” says Stephen.