Mr. Thomas Nelson is currently the Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development in Saint Lucia where he has served for the past 27 years. He advises the Chief Fisheries Officer and Minister responsible for fisheries on technical and policy matters involving the conservation of fisheries and other related resource matters.
He leads a number of fisheries-related projects and programmes by planning, implementing and evaluating them to ensure the successful execution of the integrated, interdisciplinary conservation programmes. He works closely with local, regional and international organisations and participates in numerous local, regional and international fora where he represents the Ministry and the Government of Saint Lucia.
Mr. Nelson holds a Master’s Degree with Distinction from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, in Natural Resource and Environmental Management with a focus on Coastal Zone and Marine Resource Management.
He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree, Double Major with First Class Honours, from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, in Environment and Natural Resource Management and Agriculture Science.
He previously served as Alternate Director to Mrs Sarita Williams-Peter on the Board of the Saint Lucia National Conservation Fund.