Paternoster Fishery is a lobster harvesting, processing and marketing company that is deeply rooted in the local Paternoster fishing community.
Today, as in the past, the majority of the community survives on fishing, and it is apparent to all that this livelihood strategy is becoming less and less effective with the rapid decline in fish stocks over the past few years.
There is a great need to assess the current livelihood strategies of the people of Paternoster, and evaluate the different future options and alternatives of those that are currently dependent on the sea.
We undertook a Livelihoods Assessment of the community of Paternoster, in order to better understand their perceptions, their livelihood strategies, their needs, and the community at large.
This was done so that the company can seek to intervene, where possible, to improve the quality of life for all in Paternoster, working together with all the people of Paternoster in order to accomplish a joint vision for this fishing village.