Corinne McAfee has been working to document fisher led conservation efforts for four years, traveling to Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela to meet with and film fishers, scientists, government officials and leaders of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Her inspiration came from meeting Dalston Samuels, a fisher from Antigua, while working on a corporate film for a developer. She travelled back to the Caribbean at her own expense to make A Fisher’s Journey, documenting Dal’s experience on a fishers’ exchange. A Fisher’s Journey received sponsorship from the Caribbean Environment Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme and has been shown around the Caribbean. In 2009, she travelled to Venezuela to film the Fishers’ Summit at the Gulf & Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference. Corinne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 314-753-3116.
Dr. Will Heyman of Texas A&M University has been involved marine conservation for more than two decades as a scientist and partner with the fishers. His work with the fishers in Belize, including Eloy Cuevas, has been instrumental in documenting spawning aggregations and establishing more than a dozen marine protected areas. To find out more about Will visit Texas A&M’s Marine & Coastal Geography website. http://marinegeog.tamu.edu/about-us/our-faculty/617