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Our mission is to ensure the optimum utilisation of the fisheries resources in the waters of Barbados for the benefit of the people of Barbados through management and development.



Several government, non-governmental organisations, individuals and firms in the private sector are involved in the fisheries sector with various roles and responsibilities. These  have a stake or strong interest in the fishing industry and can therefore influence the development of the fisheries sector. Knowing what each group does, and how they relate to each other, makes it easier to understand the industry. This allows well-informed decisions, avoids unintended negative impacts on fisheries or other sectors, and informs how best to participate in the fisheries planning and management processes. (P12 - 2004 Fisheries Management Plan )
Government clients include
  • Barbados Coast Guard,
  • Royal Barbados Police Force
  • Ministry of International Transport (Maritime Affairs Section)
  • Ministry of International Transport (Telecommunications Unit)
  • Barbados Port Authority
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Agriculture Planning Unit
Non-governmental organisations include:
  • Fishers
  • Boat owners
  • Processors
  • Fisherfolk organisations
  • Private sector marine equipment suppliers
  • Teachers, Students and others doing fisheries related research


You may contact the Fisheries Division by the following means:

By mail:

Fisheries Division
Ministry of Agriculture
Princess Alice Highway

By telephone:

(246) 426-3745
(246) 426-5973

By fax:

(246) 436-9068


Chief Fisheries Officer:
Stephen Willoughby


Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer:
Joyce Leslie


Fisheries Biologist:
Christopher Parker


Principal Fisheries Assistant:
Philip Jackman


Food Safety

Examination of plants and equipment for compliance with local and international food safety standards
Oversees maintenance of major fish landing sites


Collects fees for tractor haul up and launch, Pays bills, prepares requisitions for items to be purchased by the Fisheries Division


Performs research and data collection towards assessing the state of the various fisheries and suggests conservation and development methods


Registration of fisherfolk and vessels, performs inspection of fishing vessels in accordance with local and international standards, provides haul up and launch services for local fishing vessels.



The Fisheries Act(Cap. 391 section 4):Provides the legal authority for management and development offisheries in barbados and for the administration of the Fisheries Act

Existing legislation

• Fisheries Act (1993, amended 2000):
• Fisheries (Management) Regulations (1998):

Proposed legislation expected to be completed and entered into force shortly

• Fish Quality and Inspection Act and Regulations:
• Fisheries (Fees) Regulations:
• Fisheries Regulations:
• Aquaculture Regulations:

Fisheries related legislation

• Markets and Slaughterhouses Act (1958):
• Barbados Territorial Waters Act (1977):
• Marine Boundaries and Jurisdiction Act (1978):
• Defense Act (1979):
• Shipping Act (1994):
• Registration and inspection of large vessels
• Coastal Zone Management Act (1998):
• Marine Pollution Control Act (1998):
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