Mr. Peter A. Murray, a national of Saint Lucia, joins the CRFM Secretariat as Programme Manager, Fisheries Management and Development, with effect from 01 October 2013. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Biology from the University of the West Indies and a Diploma in International Environmental Law issued by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He has taught Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and was involved in the development of the curriculum for CXC Integrated Science. Peter A. Murray has worked as the senior-most Fisheries Biologist at Saint Lucia’s Department of Fisheries; Data Management Officer at the OECS Fisheries Unit; and, until recently was a senior Programme Officer at the OECS Secretariat. In this capacity, he had been primarily responsible for marine resources management and ocean-related matters and has been the lead person at the Secretariat for Maritime Boundary Delimitation since the late 1990’s. He has been the driving force behind the development of the Eastern Caribbean Regional Ocean Policy and Strategic Action Plan that has been recently approved by OECS Heads of Government. He coordinated the development of the OECS Fisheries Management and Development Strategy and has been integrally involved in the development of fisheries management plans for all nine of the OECS Member States in the mid-1990’s. Peter has also provided technical assistance to Member States on climate change-related issues and has served as the OECS Secretariat’s representative for the Caribbean Pilot Programme on Climate Resilience.
Peter A. Murray has played a coordinating role in public education and environmental awareness activities. He has been active in facilitating strategic planning and training in project proposal writing and was also a member of the OECS Secretariat’s post-disaster macro-socioeconomic assessment team, focusing on damage to the fisheries sector and environmental resources. Peter A. Murray has been a member of the Network of Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture Scientists since 1984 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute on two separate occasions for a total of 10 years.
As Programme Manager, Fisheries Management and Development Peter will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the fisheries conservation, management and development programme. In this capacity he will be coordinating programmes such as: development of fisheries management plans for the Region’s fisheries; global competitiveness; monitoring, control and surveillance capacities in the region; aquaculture and mariculture; climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in fisheries; conflict resolution among multi-users in coastal zones; livelihood and welfare of fisherfolk; and capacity building and institutional strengthening for sustainable fisheries.