The Saint Lucia National Trust has developed new regulations and standards for sea moss production.
Under the Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative, the project will train Saint Lucian farmers in sea moss harvesting techniques.
Programme Officer of the Saint Lucia National Trust, Craig Henry, said the most important milestone for the project was the launch of the National Qualification Standards for sea moss production.
“The standards document was produced with input from a number of industry experts, especially from the Ministry of Agriculture, while the TVET Unit of the Ministry of Education was in charge of developing national standards that could be used Caribbean wide,” Henry said.
It is the hope that the standards document for seamoss production will eventually be utilized regionally.
“The intent is that the national qualification standards will be adopted by other OECS or CARICOM nations who have sea moss producers as a livelihood option,” he said. “In addition, we also have important monitoring and evaluation exercises that include biophysical assessments mainly of protected areas.”
The standards for sea moss production were developed primarily in Saint Lucia.