Mission Statement

To assess and regulate the fisheries resources of Nevis and to promote sustainable use of these resources. It is also the role of the department to involve the local community in the management of fisheries stocks in order to ensure food security for present as well as future generations.

The Department of Fisheries endeavours to accomplish its mission through: 

  • Collaborating with relevant government ministries, departments and statutory bodies whenever necessary.
  • Obtaining information and training for both departmental staff and fishers from Regional and International Fisheries Management Agencies.
  • Conducting stock assessment of a conch, lobster, sea turtle and fin fish resources with the aim of developing better management strategies.
  • Continuing to attempt for ways to identify ciguatoxic fish before they are consumed.
  • Constructing and maintaining a fish farm (fresh water aqua-culture or mari-culture) in an effort to increase the amount of fish available locally.
  • Encouraging fishers to obtain larger vessels capable of operating further out to sea and for much longer periods than at present.
  • Introducing an enforceable closed season for the fishing of lobsters as well as conch.
  • Establishing of marine management areas (marine parks) as a measure to allow fish stocks to recover and to provide a boost to the tourism industry.
  • Increasing the harvesting of migrating pelagics during their seasonal runs.
  • Developing of near-shore biodiversity enhancement programme through the deployment of artificial reefs.

Lemuel Pemberton named new Fisheries Director on Nevis

The Department of Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture on Nevis has a new Director. Lemuel Pemberton, a former worker who spent 10 years as an officer there, was appointed to the position one month ago.

Less costly fish pot wire now available for Nevisian Fishers, says Fisheries Minister

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (DECEMBER 01, 2015) — Life has been made a little easier for fishers on Nevis now that they have greater access to reasonably-priced fish pot wire.   Minister responsible for Fisheries on Nevis Hon. Alexis Jeffers who is also the Chairman of the Nevis Housing and Land Development Corporation (NHLDC), recently announced […]

Preliminary study begins for new location of proposed fisheries facility on Nevis

NIA CHARLESTOWN (OCTOBER 13, 2015) — Minister of Fisheries in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Alexis Jeffers, met with a group of consultants from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) headquarters in Japan and ECHO Corporation, on October 06, 2015, who are on the island for one week to commence work on a feasibility […]

NIA signs amended agreement for Community Fisheries Centre in Bath Village

CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (September 23, 2015) — An agreement to amend the grant agreement for the project for development of a Community Fisheries Centre in Charlestown was signed on September 22, 2015 between the Nevis Island Administration and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) office based in the Dominican Republic to extend the life of the […]

Nevis Fisheries Dept. better equipped to safeguard marine environment

  Department of Fisheries Director on Nevis Mr. Lemuel Pemberton shows off the underwater camera case. CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (May 04, 2010) — The Department of Fisheries on Nevis is now better equipped to safeguard the marine environment on Nevis, thanks to a number of gifts received recently from three donors. Director of Fisheries on Nevis […]

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