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CRFM, Belize City, Belize January 30, 2014.    Deputy Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat, Susan Singh-Renton, recently attended the Project Preparation Inception Workshop for a project on sustainable management of bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean trawl fisheries (REBYC-II LAC). The Workshop, held during 19-22 January 2014 in Paramaribo, Suriname, brought together fisheries experts representing six countries from the Caribbean and Latin America. The country experts, facilitated by experts from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), discussed plans for the REBYC-II LAC project, which is being proposed for sponsorship by the GEF to the tune of 5.8 million US dollars, with at least 3 times as much co-financing to be provided also by the beneficiary and participating countries and agencies.

REBYC-II LAC arose from the recommendations of an earlier related project, REBYC-I LAC, which was also funded by the GEF and carried out by the FAO during 2002-2008. While the REBYC-I LAC focused more understanding the impacts of trawl gear on the environments in which these gears are used, and also improving fishing technologies to reduce the associated bycatch and adverse habitat impacts, REBYC-II LAC hopes to focus more on the management aspects - that is to say, understanding the nature and usage of bycatch and working towards sustainable management of the bycatch, and the security of the dependent livelihoods.

Key steps in the management process are therefore being targeted in REBYC-II LAC. In particular, the project is expected to develop options to address gaps in policy, legislation, and management planning instruments for supporting sustainable management of the region’s trawl fisheries, while giving due consideration to use of participatory approaches and the FAO’s International Guidelines on Bycatch Management and Reduction of Discards. In addition, there will be continued work on strengthening the technical information base to support management decisions, and analysing livelihood impacts and how to deal with these. The project is also designed to have a clear monitoring and evaluation plan that can satisfy both donor and beneficiary needs, and facilitate sharing of best practices.

CRFM member countries Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago are participating in REBYC-II LAC, which once approved by the GEF, is expected to run for five years. As Suriname hosted the Workshop, there was a wide cross-section of representation from the Surinamese fisheries industry in attendance. CRFM Secretariat’s Deputy Executive Director noted that ‘the project comes at a time when the region is working towards achieving a coordinated multi-level ocean governance arrangement on a Caribbean-wide scale, and so it would be important for the project’s planned activities to complement this ongoing initiative that began with the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem project’.

In helping the project to achieve its goals, the CRFM, in collaboration with 2 other regional fisheries bodies (WECAFC and OSPESCA), has agreed to provide its usual regional coordination support, and to help establish a regional decision support system that can connect, and make fullest use of, the proposed improved national trawl fisheries monitoring systems for better overall regional ocean governance. CRFM will also be involved in technical studies to investigate possible solutions to region-wide problems of piracy/ illegal fishing and livelihood security in respect of these fisheries.

Published in Press release

 

        This document presents the results of an institutional assessment of the Caribbean regional climate and modeling agencies  that are central to the implementation of the investment programme of the Caribbean Regional Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR).The agencies that are included in this evaluation of the Programme will be the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), University of West Indies (UWI), Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). The report assesses the current institutional capacity of these agencies from the perspective of the sub-components and activities that each is expected to implement.

 

Published in Management Reports

 

        This document presents the results of an institutional assessment of the Caribbean regional climate and modeling agencies  that are central to the implementation of the investment programme of the Caribbean Regional Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR).The agencies that are included in this evaluation of the Programme will be the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), University of West Indies (UWI), Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). The report assesses the current institutional capacity of these agencies from the perspective of the sub-components and activities that each is expected to implement.

 

Published in Management Reports
Monday, 13 January 2014 15:20

CTA Project Outputs

 

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Author

 

Title

   2013  CRFM  

Report of the CRFM/ CNFO/ CTA Workshop on Regional Fisheries Policies, 7-8 October 2013, Guyana - CRFM Technical and Advisory Document No. 2013/ 7

ISBN#: 978-976-8165-76-3
 

2013

CRFM

 

CNFO Advocacy Strategy and Plan 2013

 

2013

CRFM

 

Role of Fish and Seafood in food and nutrition security - Policy Brief #3

 

2013

CRFM

 

Castries Declaration - Getting Fisherfolk Onboard - Policy Brief #1

 

2013

CRFM

 

Implementing CARICOM`s CFP - Increasing Benefits - Policy Brief #2

 

2013

CRFM

 

Illegal Unreported and Unregualted Fishing - the Caribbean Context - Issues paper #3

 

2013

CRFM

 

Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries, Climate Change Adaptation, and DRM - Issues Paper # 2

 

2013

CRFM

 

Adoptation and Implemention of  CARICOM‘s Common Fisheries Policy - Issue Paper #1

 

2013

CRFM

 

Final CRFM-CTA Consultation Report 25 - 28 February 2013 Guyana

 

2013

CRFM

 

Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations Website Refinement

 

2013

CRFM

 

E-Consultation on the Implementation and Mainstreaming of Regional Fisheries Policies into Small-Scale Fisheries Governance Arrangements in the Caribbean

 

2013

CRFM

 

Consultancy on Media Work and Advocancy Campaigns on Fisherfolks' Position on Critical Issues Concerning Implementation of Regional Fisheries Policies in the Caribbean

   2013  CRFM  

Advocacy Strategy and Plan on Fisherfolk’s Positions on Critical Issues concerning the Implementation of Regional Fisheries Policies in the Caribbean

 

ISBN: 978-976-8165-75-6
   2013  CRFM  

Report of the CRFM/CNFO/CTA Consultation on the Implementation and Mainstreaming of Regional Fisheries Policies into Small-Scale Fisheries Governance arrangements in the Caribbean - CRFM Technical Advisory Document No. 2013/2

ISBN: 978-976-8165-72-5

   2009  CRFM  

Updated Directory of Fisheries Stakeholders in the Caribbean. CRFM Technical & Advisory Document, No. 2009 / 1

ISBN# 978-976-8165-29-9

   2008  CRFM  

Workbook for the CRFM / CTA Training Workshop on Management, Communication and Advocacy for Fisher Folk Organisations in CARIFORUM. CRFM Technical & Advisory Document, No. 2008 / 2, Suppl. 1

ISBN# 978-976-8165-31-2

   2008  CRFM  

Report of the CRFM / CTA Training Workshop on Management Communication and Advocacy for Fisherfolk Organizations. CRFM Technical & Advisory Document, No. 2008 / 2

ISBN# 978-976-8165-27-5

   2008  CRFM  

Directory of Fisheries Stakeholders in the Caribbean. CRFM Technical & Advisory Document, 2008 / 1

ISBN# 978-976-8165-16-9

   2007  CRFM  

Fisher Folk Organizations in the Caribbean: Briefing Note on Networking for Success. CRFM Technical & Advisory Document, No. 2007 / 2

ISBN# 978-976-8165-09-1

   2007  CRFM  

Report of the CTA / CRFM Training of Trainers Workshop for Fisheries Extensions Officers to Enhance their skills to provide better information, advisory and training services to Primary and National Fisher Folk Organizations, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. CRFM Technical & Advisory Document, No. 2007 / 1

ISBN# 978-976-8165-08-4

   2004  CRFM  

CTA/ CRFM/ CARDI Regional Workshop Report on Findings of Organizational Needs Assessment of Caribbean Fisher Folk Organization

       

 

       

 

         
         
       

 

         
         
         
         
         
       

 

         
         
         
         
         

E-CONSULTATION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION AND MAINSTREAMING OF REGIONAL FISHERIES POLICIES INTO SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES GOVERNANCE ARRANGEMENTS IN THE CARIBBEAN

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 E-Consultation: Seize the opportunity and contribute to the mainstreaming of regional fisheries policies into small-scale fisheries governance arrangements in the Caribbean!

Context

As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) enters the final stages of preparatory work for the coming into force of aCommon Fisheries Policy(CCCFP), the Regional Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO), together with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and supported by the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Coordination (CTA) has developed this moderated e-consultation to capture additional views and share information among fisherfolks and stakeholders in order to inform advocacy work.

In order to be in a better position to make informed contributions on issues and policy positions relevant to the implementation of regional fisheries policies, you are invited to examine and comment on the following key documents:

·        The Draft Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy [Download PDFhere] and

·        The Castries Declaration on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing[Download PDFhere]

However, you are being consulted onyour viewson how best to enhance the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food and nutrition security in the region, and improving livelihood opportunities for fisherfolk and fishing communities that are dependent on the fisheries resources.

How to participate

To access the e-Consultation Forum, visit the website here. You should note that this forum is for discussion purposes only, is strictly informal, and intended to be thought-provoking, with the sole intention of generating wide-ranging debate.

The forum is not an official document of the CRFM Secretariat, CNFO or CTA, and you are entirely free to contribute to this process unofficially and in your personal capacity, if you so desire.

The e-Consultation Forum is a mixture of
questionnaire, website comments, and e-mail. You are welcome to contribute by registering at the e-Consultation Forum.

We would like to address the following areas during this e-consultation: 

Topic 1:
Taking into account the policy documents enclosed and the issues they raise, how can the various stakeholders (i.e. CARICOM member states, local communities, fisherfolk organisations, private sector, etc.) best contribute to the policy’s implementation? 

Topic 2:
How would the policy impact on the following key policy areas:
- Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries
- Food and Nutrition Security
- Disaster Risk Management

- Adaptation to Climate Change


We warmly encourage you to forward this message to your networks and invite them to contribute also.

The e-consultation will run for ten days from 4 November 2013 to 14 November 2013. Once you are registered, you may post your comments online in the e-Consultation Forum
here. You can also participate bydirect email to the Forum.

Please note that responses are not automatically shared but go to the moderator for compilation. The Forum is governed by ourhouse rules.

We look forward to receiving your contributions. Thank you for your participation!


Julius Gittens
e-Consultation Moderator

 

Published in Press release

Under a Euro 30 million project funded by the European Union (EU) for projects to improve sustainable and equitable management of fisheries and aquaculture in Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States, fisheries officials from CARIFORUM States are receiving training in the use of modern, cutting-edge, information and communication technology tools in their daily activities. 

“The enhanced use of these modern communication and information sharing tools, such as video-conferencing, social networking, tools for online collaborative document preparation and editing, can result in significant cost savings, increased can result 

in significant cost savings, increased productivity and outputs, as well as boost the earnings and income of fishers, and improve competitiveness and profitability within the fisheries and aquaculture sector,” said Milton Haughton, Executive Director, of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat, at the launch of a three-day regional training on information and knowledge sharing on sustainable fisheries management in the Caribbean.  


Haughton described the regional training workshop, which opened Monday and runs through to Wednesday, as “another significant milestone in our journey to transform the fisheries and aquaculture sector, and enhance its contribution to national economic development.” 

He said that organizers are providing practical training which they hope will improve capacities and lead to greater integration of Information and Communication Technology tools in all areas of the work of fisheries departments and other fisheries organisations in the region. 

“We intend to do a much better job of communicating with each other, informing ourselves, forging a common vision and being more united in what we do, based on wide participation of stakeholders and the public at large,” Haughton added. “This is why the development and implementation of this communication strategy and enhanced use of ICT is so important at this time.”

 The 6th Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council held in The Bahamas, June 2012, urged the CRFM Secretariat toRevP1030825 strengthen the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to improve the sharing of information and the effectiveness and efficiency in its work.

 PBLH International Consulting SPRL of Brussels, Belgium, is executing the contract to deliver this knowledge sharing project in the Caribbean.

According to Haughton, this week’s training is the 2nd and final regional fisheries workshop on this subject of information and knowledge sharing and enhanced communication among stakeholders in the fisheries sector.

It builds consensus on the goals and targets for the IT component of the CRFM’s new Communication Strategy which was reviewed and updated this January.

Representatives from the CRFM Secretariat and eleven CARIFORUM states are to participating in the training workshop: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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About the CRFM

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 organization with its mission being “to promote and facilitate the responsible utilization of the region's fisheries and other aquatic resources for the economic and social benefits of the current and future population of the region”. The CRFM consist of three bodies: the Ministerial Council; the Caribbean Fisheries Forum; and the CRFM Secretariat.

Website: http://www.caricom-fisheries.com/

 

ACP Fish II Programme

ACP FISH II is a demand driven programme financed under the 9th European Development Fund aiming at strengthening fisheries management in ACP countries. Its overall objective is to contribute to the sustainable and equitable management of fisheries, thus leading to poverty alleviation and improving food security in ACP states. The specific objective is to strengthen fisheries sectoral policy development and implementation in ACP countries.

For further information on the ACP Fish II Programme, please visit: http://www.acpfish2-eu.org.

The ACP Fish II Programme Regional Manager for the Caribbean Region is Sandra Grant (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 011(501) 223 2974)

 

For More Information

Contact:            

Mr Pablo Lopez-Herrerias - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Secretariat (CRFM) in collaboration with its partner organization will convene an Advanced Leadership Training Workshop for Heads of Fisheries Department/Divisions in CARICOM States during the period 8 - 12 April 2013 at the Palm Haven Hotel, Castries, St. Lucia.

This workshop is a collaborative initiative between the Belize based CRFM Secretariat, United Nations University –Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP), and the University of Akuyreri, Iceland (UA); the University of Belize (UB), and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (UWI), through a grant awarded to the CRFM by the Island Growth Initiative Fund of Iceland.

Published in Press release
Friday, 08 March 2013 02:44

Rules of Procedure

Rules of procedure of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism

5 August 2002

N.B: Rules of Procedures attached below is still valid regardles of the date stated above..

Published in Rules of Procedure
Thursday, 07 March 2013 06:34

Agreement Establishing the CRFM

The States Parties

Convinced of the need to promote sustainable use of the living marine and other aquatic resources by the development, efficient management and conservation of such resources;

Convinced further of the intrinsic and non-extractive value and interdependence of the living marine and other aquatic resources;

Acknowledging that under international law, coastal States have sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring, exploiting, conserving and managing the living and non-living resources of their exclusive economic zones and their fisheries zones;

Conscious that certain of the living marine resources which are of interest to the peoples of the Caribbean Region are highly migratory, straddle national boundaries and are harvested by third
States;

Recognising that the unsustainable exploitation of the living marine and other aquatic resources can lead to irreparable damage to those resources;

Noting that there are international institutions, bodies and competent organisations, the policies and programmes of which may be relevant to the living marine and other aquatic resources of interest to Member States;

Recognising further the need for co-operation and consultation among all the States Parties to this Agreement, third States, interested international institutions and bodies involved in fisheries in the Caribbean Region;

Recognising also the need of the States Parties for specific assistance including financial, scientific and technological assistance in the area of fisheries management, development, conservation and sustainable use;

Aware of the relevant provisions of the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982); the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (1995); the Agreement to promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas (1993); the United Nations Agreement on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (1995); Sustainable Development of the Programme of Action for Small Island Developing States (1994), and the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife in the Wider Caribbean (1990);

Noting further Resolution 54/225 of the United Nations General Assembly, dated 15 February 2000 on Promoting an Integrated Management Approach to the Caribbean Sea area in the context of sustainable development;

Convinced that this Agreement will serve to enhance co-operation in the area of fisheries among States Parties and interested third parties, thereby contributing to the general well-being of the peoples of the Caribbean Region;

Bearing in mind the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (2001) Establishing the Caribbean Community including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy,

Have agreed as follows:

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