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Monday, December 03, 2012
Over 100 to gather for multi-agency fisheries meetings in Jamaica

 

Over a hundred stakeholders from government and grassroots agencies, as well as regional and international organizations, will be gathering next week in Kingston, Jamaica, for a series of five multi-agency fisheries meetings spanning Wednesday, December 5 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Speaking of the significance of the meetings, Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) said: "It is an opportunity for the countries and stakeholders, meaning government representatives as well as fisher folk and other stakeholders - including non-government organizations and civil society organizations - to get together to discuss issues of common interest and to come up with plans and programs for a brighter future."

Jamaica Fisheries Meeting Photo


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Friday, November 09, 2012
Caribbean fishers to benefit from EURO117,956 project

 

Thousands of fisherfolk from across the Caribbean are poised to benefit greatly from a unique and timely EURO117,956 (US$150,000) project which will help them develop a more sustainable and professional industry, and improve their quality of life as well as the nutrition they obtain from seafood.

The project entitled: Implementing the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy: Positioning and Engaging Fisher Folk Organizations  is to be undertaken through the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)  which has recently been awarded a 12-month contract by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA).


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
USA considers listing Queen Conch as threatened or endangered

 

A United States petition submitted this March to list the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) as a threatened or endangered species, the status of the implementation of a common fisheries policy for CARICOM, and the joint action plan and Belize Declaration signed this September in the historic joint meeting of Central American and Caribbean fisheries Ministers will be priority items on the agenda of the upcoming 3rd Special Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

 


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
CRFM and ANCORS, Australia sign 5-year MoU

 

Fourteen (14) Caribbean fisheries professionals from Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Suriname, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines today concluded the first Fisheries Law and Management Training Workshop, developed jointly for them by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security (ANCORS), a leading institution based at the University of Wollongong in Australia.

 


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Friday, September 07, 2012
Caribbean fellows off for prestigious ANCORS training

 

Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Milton Haughton, Belize Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade, and Senior Fisheries Officer George Myvett leave Belize for Australia on Friday, September 7, to immediately advance one of the aims of a cross-regional declaration signed in Belize this week which, among other things, has highlighted the need for donor partners and cooperating organizations to provide technical and financial support for the implementation of a new collaborative effort between Central America and the Caribbean.

 


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Thursday, September 06, 2012
OSPESCA-CRFM Declaration paves path towards broader regional cooperation on sustainable fisheries through GEF-funded Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem Project

 

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA; MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2012

 
Last week, the Government of Belize hosted a historic meeting of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Organization of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of Central America (OSPESCA), in which over 60 high-level delegates representing 19 countries gathered to discuss and agree on joint actions for tackling some of the most urgent obstacles to the sustainable exploitation of their shared fisheries resources.
 
This event without precedent was closed with two major outcomes: the signing of the Belize Declaration, and of a Plan for collective Action.
 
The meeting was partially financed through the “Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME)” Project. This Project, with Regional Coordination Unit in the historic city of Cartagena, Colombia, is a major initiative for improving living marine resources management, co-funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and which counts with the participation of over 25 countries, from Mexico and the USA in the north to Brazil in the south

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
New Regional Fisheries Collaboration between CRFM-OSPESCA Solidified

 

Over 60 high-level delegates from 19 countries spanning Central America and the Caribbean concluded a milestone meeting in Belize on Tuesday evening with a comprehensive roadmap for collective action in tackling their biggest obstacles in fisheries and aquaculture.

The event was the first joint meeting to bring together as many countries to discuss the plight of their shared marine resources and the uphill battle in fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which knows no borders.           One major outcome of the cross-regional meeting was the signing of the Belize Declaration on Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Central America Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (Spanish acronym OSPESCA) Cooperation for Sustainable Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources.

 Below are links to videos and photos related to the event.

 
 
Downloadable Video Clips: https://vimeo.com/user13309986/videos

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Friday, August 31, 2012
Historic High-Level CRFM/OSPESCA Meeting

 

Belize will host a historic, high-level ministerial meeting which will see as many as 25 countries from two regional fisheries organizations—tasked to promote cooperation and policy coordination in addressing transboundary fisheries matters—converge at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City, from Monday, September 3 to Tuesday, September 4, 2012, as they chart a comprehensive course for future collaborative action.

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Friday, July 20, 2012
Taking real lessons learned from Caribbean fisheries to advance best practices

 

In an effort to advance best practices in fisheries management and development across the wider Caribbean, fisheries officials from 6 member countries of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will converge for a special technical meeting at the Conference Room of the Fisheries Division in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, from Wednesday, July 25, to Friday, July 27, 2012.


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Friday, July 20, 2012
Scientists gather in Kingston to examine and advise on the state of the region's najor fisheries

 

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), a regional fisheries organization of seventeen (17) Member States spanning the Caribbean region, concluded its 8th Scientific Meeting on June 30th, 2012 in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Every year, the CRFM scientific meeting completes evaluations of a number of major fisheries in the region to determine if the natural fish populations remain healthy, and also if and what management controls are required for continued and improved performance of the dependent fishing industries.


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