Caribbean Fisheries Forum convenes in Montserrat

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Friday, 13 April 2018 (CRFM)—Once a year, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) – an inter-governmental organisation established to promote and facilitate the responsible use of the region’s fisheries resources – convenes a meeting of heads of national fisheries authorities from its 17 Member States. This year, that group of the Caribbean technical experts who make up the Caribbean Fisheries Forum will meet for two days in Montserrat.

The CRFM will convene the 16th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum on Monday, 16 April and Tuesday, 17 April, 2018, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre in Little Bay, Montserrat. International and regional partner organisations, observers and stakeholders from the fisheries and aquaculture sector have also been invited to the event, organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Lands Housing and the Environment (MATHLE) in Montserrat.

Speakers at the opening ceremony will include Hon. David Osborne, Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment, and Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the CRFM. Ms. Avery Galbraith-Smikle, Director of the Aquaculture Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Jamaica, will also address the gathering. (more…)

Fisheries Ministers from CRFM Member States meet Friday in Guyana

Guyana and other CARICOM countries maintain a vibrant fisheries sector (Photo by CRFM)
Guyana and other CARICOM countries maintain a vibrant fisheries sector (Photo by CRFM)

Belize City (CRFM Press Release)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will host the 11th Meeting of its Ministerial Council—the highest ranking decision-making body of the regional fisheries organization—starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana.

Ministers who hold the portfolio for fisheries from the 17 Member States of the CRFM, or their appointed delegates, are slated to attend the event, at which Guyana is expected to be elected as the new chair of the Council.

Fisheries ministers from across the Caribbean will review ongoing programmes and the status of and trends in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. They will also discuss further actions needed to tackle the pressing challenges facing the sector.

“The 11th Meeting of the Council is taking place against the backdrop of the High Level UN Oceans Forum that will take place in New York from 5-9 June 2017, to review progress on achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development,” noted CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton.

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Caribbean Fisheries Forum meets in Jamaica

The Caribbean continues to sustain a vibrant fisheries and aquaculture industry. Factory workers in Guyana help to ensure quality standards of produce destined for commercial markets (Photo via CRFM)
The Caribbean continues to sustain a vibrant fisheries and aquaculture industry. Factory workers in Guyana help to ensure quality standards of produce destined for commercial markets (Photo via CRFM)

Heads of national fisheries authorities from 17 Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) began meeting with observers and partner agencies in Jamaica on Thursday 30 March, 2017, for the 15th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum (CFF) for talks on the status of and recent trends in fisheries and aquaculture in the Region. The CFF is the primary technical deliberative body of the CRFM.

Ahead of the hurricane season which begins in June, the two-day Forum meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston, will address measures for adaptation to climate change and disaster risk management in fisheries.Discussions will also focus on plans to strengthen the sector.

 “Climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification and disaster risk management are major challenges facing the fisheries sector and the wider economies of our countries. These issues continue to be high priorities for policy-makers and stakeholders because we need to improve capacity, information base and policy, and institutional arrangements to respond to these threats and protect our future. At this meeting, we will be discussing the USA sponsored initiative to provide risk insurance for fishers, among other initiatives to improve and protect the fisheries sector and ensure food security,” CRFM Executive Director, Milton Haughton, said.

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Forum
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) was officially inaugurated on 27 March, 2003 in Belize City, Belize, where it is headquartered, following the signing of the “Agreement Establishing the CRFM” on February 4, 2002. It is an inter-governmental organisation whose mission is “to promote and facilitate the responsible utilisation of the Region’s fisheries and other aquatic resources for the economic and social benefits of the current and future population of the Region.”
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Seabob management plan soon to be submitted to CRFM

(Georgetown, Guyana) – A Seabob Management Plan and Code of Conduct were completed and will be submitted to Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) in the third quarter of 2016 for external review. This has been outlined in the Ministry of Finance’s 2016, Mid-year report.

Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, the Hon. Noel Holder.
Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, the Hon. Noel Holder.

The report states that the Seabob Working Group (SWG) has been ensuring that all is in place for the assessment to begin for the Marine Stewardship Certification (MSC). The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.

Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder first announced to stakeholders in the sector that the Fisheries Department has joined with the Seabob Industry to apply for the MSC Certification, during the observance of Fisherfolk Day 2015, at Charity, Region Two. The department has since been working consistently to gain this status.

Further, at the fourteenth Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, earlier this year, Minister Holder told the gathering that Guyana is committed to the sustainable management and advancement of the fisheries sector, and is committed to working with its partners to ensure that, “we fish responsibly and practice sustainable fishing practices. Some of our initiatives include: The introduction of a harvest control rule where trawlers are allowed to fish for only a certain amount of days annually.” (more…)

Consider key role of aquaculture – Guyana Agriculture Minister

Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, Mr. Noel Holder, wants stakeholders to seriously consider the role aquaculture has to play in the Region’s development, and particularly, its food and nutrition security thrust.
Listen the Minister Holder as he gave the feature address the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum in Georgetown, Guyana on Thursday 7 April, 2016