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Sherlene Audinett

Sherlene Audinett

Monday, 02 November 2020 16:31

Calls for Expressions of Interest

 The CRFM Secretariat is soliciting Calls for Expressions of Interest under the CLME+ Flyingfish Sub-Project for the following assignments:

(i)  Technical support for printing and dissemination of Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish Fishery Management Plan 2020 - 2025 and ancillary public relations items (Deadline for submission of EIO: 23rd November 2020 at 3:00p.m. (GMT-6))

(ii) Technical Support to effect the application of impact assessment tools for the outputs of the  CLME+ flyingfish sub-project in the following Flyingfish countries (Deadline for submission of EIO: 16th November 2020 at 3:00p.m. (GMT-6))

 - Barbados

- Dominica
- Grenada
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago

The completed Proposals must be submitted within the deadline stipulated. Proposals are to be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and copied to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  as  indicated in the Calls for Expressions of Interest.

The email subject line should indicate the EOI Reference.

Calls for Expressions of Interest can be accessed here for detail information.  The CRFM Flyingfish Impact Assessment Tool is to be used in carrying out the Impact Assessment for assignment (ii)

A rapid assessment conducted by the CRFM Secretariat during May 2020, suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic poses a significant threat to livelihoods in the fisheries sector and to food security. It appears that as a result of the safety measures put in place to stem the spread of the virus, the supply chain has been impacted in various ways including: disruptions in air/sea freight, transportation logistics, and processing; reduced access to fish and seafood, and inadequate storage facilities. The reduced demand has directly affected fisherfolk livelihoods, and the majority of fisherfolk have been unable to meet living expenses due to reduced incomes.

 

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 Advertisement and Job Description for the post of Chief Executive Officer of the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) which is an Agency under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries in JAMAICA.

Details of the post is attached and may also be obtained from the website of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Jamaica (micaf.gov.jm).  It can also be downloaded from the CRFM Secretariat (www.crfm.int). Completed applications accompanied by resume should be submitted no later than 26 June 2020 to the:

    Senior Director

Human Resource Management and Development Division

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries

Hope Gardens

Kingston 6

Jamaica

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 17:10

National Legislation

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Dominica

Grenada

Guyana

Haiti

Jamaica

Montserrat

St. Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Surinamee

Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos Islands

 

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 16:19

Calendar of Events 2020

Date Event Location
24 January Stakeholder Consultation of Barbados’ Fisheries Policy Barbados
28 - 29 January (postponed) Caribbean Development Dialogue (Meeting with donors and development partners) Guyana
28 - 31 January First National Workshop - Stewardfish Jamiaca
29 January (Postponed) 35th Meeting of the Executive Committee Electronic Meeting
3 - 7 February National Workshop for Enhancing Climate Science Basis of the GCF Funded Activities Cambodia
4 February 1st Meeting of the Independent Strategic Review Team Virtual
10 - 13  February Mission to IAEA Marine Lab Monaco
13 February 4th Meeting of the CARIFORUM-EU Special Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries Electronic Meeting
10 - 14 February Second National Workshop - Stewardfish Barbados
13 February 4th Meeting of the CARIFORUM-EU Special Committee on Agriiculture and Fisheries Electronic Meeting
16 - 23 February (Postponed) Visit of Chinese Aquaculture Experts to Jamaica, Guyana and St. Kitts and Nevis Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis
17 February Launch of CCAT and Seminar on rules and procedure for initiating action Barbados
17 February 11th Special Meeting of the Community Council of Minister Barbados
18 - 19 February 31st Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government Barbados
24 - 28 February Visit of Consultant to CRFM Belize to review accounting Fiduciary systems etc (2nd Stretegic Review) Belize
25 February Consultation on WECAFC Reorientation: Completing the questionnaire Virtual
26 February Second Senior Officials Meeting on WTO Fisheries Subsidies Virtual
26 - 28 February Regional Preparatory Meeting for next session of the BBNJ Conference Virtual
5 - 6 March Inception Workshop of the GEF Funded Blue Growth Project Belize
9 - 13 March 3rd National Workshop - Stewardfish Antigua and Barbuda
10 March  19th CARICOM-Japan Consultation Guyana
11 - 12 March Annual Project Steering Committeee Meeting of CC4FISH Barbados
16 - 18 March 2nd Meeting of the WECAFC - CRFM - OSPESCA Fisheries data and Statistics Working Group Panama
17 - 18 March CARIFORUM Preparatory and 3rd Meeting of the Task Force on the 2020 Review of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA Guyana
17 - 20 March Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development Guyana
18 - 20 March 4th National Workshop - Stewardfish St. Vincent and the Grenadines
18 - 20 March Joint Meeting of the CLME+ SAP Interim Coordination Mechanism and Project Executive Group Miami
19 March Special Emergency Meeting of the Secretary-General CARICOM and Heads of Community Institutions Virtual
19 - 20 March WECAFC Regional data Workshop Panama
23 - 25 March Technical Meeting on the Use of Nuclear and Isotopic Techniques to Strengthen Member States Seafood Safty programmes Monaco
23 - 25 March Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Caribbean Blue Economy Antigua and Barbuda
23 - 27 March 5th National Workshop - Stewardfish Saint Lucia
24 March 4th cooperation Meeting of the ACS Barbados
23 March - 3 April 4th BBNJ Conference  
2 - 3 April 50th Regular Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) - Officials Guyana
3 April Special Meeting of the CARICOM COVID 19 Food Security Task Force Virtual
6 April Follow-up Meeting to the Special Emergency Meeting of the Secretary-General, CARICOM and Heads of Community Institutions Virtual
7 April Consultation for the Environmental and Horizon Scans to inform the development of thee Community Strategic Plan 2020 Virtual
7 April CRFM Business Committee Meeting Virtual
06 - 10 April 6th National Workshop - Sstewardfish  Belize
15 - 16 April CARIFORUM Preparatory & 3rd Meeting of the Task Force on the 2020 review of the CARIFORUM EU-EPA Guyana
15 - 17 April

Joint Council of Ministers with responsibility for Trade and Fisheries

Workshop on the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

Technical Working Group for Trade and Fisheries Officials

St. Lucia
16 - 17 April 23rd Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) Haiti
17 April 2nd Meeting of the Independent Strategic Review Team Virtual
15 - 17 April

 Joint Council of Ministers with responsibility for Trade and Fisheries

  • Workshop on the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations
  • Technical Working Group (TWG) for Trade and Fisheries Officials
St. Lucia
16 - 17 April

Meeting of Official Preparatory of the 23rd Meeting of COFCOPR

Guyana
20 April

CCAT Plenary Meeting

Virtual
20 - 24 April 7th National Workshop - Stewardfish Guyana

21 - 24 April(Postponed)

3rd Meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Iniative Global Dialogue Korea
22 - 24 April 3rd CLME+ Project Steering Committee Meeting Panama
23 April 5th Meeting of the CRFM/CARICOM Fisheries and Aquaculture Priority Commodity Working Group (FISHCOM WG) Virtual
23 - 24 April 50th Regular Meeting of COTED - Ministerial Virtual
24 April CRFM Senior management Meeting Virtual
28 - 29 April UN Decade on Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Virtual
29 April CRFM Countinental Shelf Fisheries Working Group (CRFM CSWG) on Atlantic Seabob Fisheries of Guyana and Suriname Virtual
6 - 8 May 18th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum Virtual
11 - 14 May 2nd regional Meeting on WECAFC Reorientation Honduras (Tentative)
14 May Fisheries ICM Meeting Virtual
15 May  28th Meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee (LAC) Guyana
15 May CRFM Senior Management Meeting Virtual
25 - 26 May 14th meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council St. Lucia
2 - 6 June UN Ocean Conference Lisbon
8 - 11 June 12th WTO Ministerial Conference Kazakhstan
9 June Biodiversity Webinar in celebration of Worl Ocean and World Environment Day Virtual
16 - 18 June CLME+ Project Steering Committee Sessions Virtual
25 June  14th Meeting of the CRFM MinisterialCouncil Virtual
July 41st Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the CAribbean Community St. Vincent and the Grenaddaines
5 - 10 July 14th International Coral Reef Symposium  
13 - 17 July FAO COFI Rome
October 15th Quadrennial of the United Nations Conference on Trade and development (UNCTAD XV) Barbados
 9 - 13 November  73rd GCFI Meeting  
12 - 13 November 11th WECAFC SAG  

 

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) generates an incredible amount of data and information for improving fisheries management in the CRFM sub-region, and is a known regional leader and example in strengthening the divides among science, policy and practice through sharing of knowledge to speed up the uptake of best practices.

The CRFM Portal is the doorway to CRFM’s growing and special regional pool of data, information and knowledge, packaged in a user-friendly format for use by all stakeholders, whatever your interests!

The CRFM is co-implementing the marine sub-component of the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (Caribbean PPCR), which itself is implemented by the Mona Office for Research and Innovation (MORI) at the University of the West Indies with grant funding from the Climate Investment Fund through the Inter-American Development Bank.

The Caribbean PPCR marine sub-component has been extremely successful so far in generating valuable information about climate change impacts on the fisheries sector. It has also facilitated the creation of a fisher-centric ICT solution, titled Fisheries Early Warning and Emergency Response (FEWER). Outreach activities have been an important inclusion for the marine sub-component, involving fishers and other industry stakeholders in the 6 Caribbean PPCR pilot countries (Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines). This has involved raising strong awareness and increasing engagement about how and what responses to climate change should be immediately explored to protect the industry’s interests.

Susan Singh-Renton, Deputy Executive Director with the CRFM Secretariat and CRFM’s coordinator for the Caribbean PPCR’s marine activities, pointed out that “Keeping the enthusiasm and momentum will be crucial for these 6 beneficiary countries, and this means ensuring that the products are used effectively in adaptation planning so that our fishing industries can continue to perform socially and economically in the face of a changing climate. The CRFM Portal is designed to allow broad user access to datasets, information and knowledge products generated by the CRFM marine sub-component of the Caribbean PPCR, but the Portal is also being used to store products from other major CRFM projects, and national project products, as needed.”

To do just that and to help countries and the region make the best use of the new CRFM Portal, project activities recently included a face to face training session in October 2019 for beneficiary country and regional fisheries experts who are expected to be the first and most frequent users of the Portal.

Having completed the training on the use of the Portal, June Masters, who is the Statistics and Information Analyst at the CRFM Secretariat, noted that “Information and tools generated under the Caribbean PPCR marine sub-component are new information which the region needs to inform and guide adaptation and resilience in Caribbean fisheries to a changing climate. It is therefore important that this information be readily available to not just fisheries scientists but to all stakeholders and the general public. The Portal makes this possible and convenient, as it is a one-stop point that houses all the information and tools generated under the Caribbean PPCR marine sub-component. It is also easily accessed via the CRFM website.”

Jimena Eyzaguirre, Senior Climate Change Adaptation Specialist for ESSA Technologies Ltd., the supporting entity for creating the CRFM Portal, congratulated the CRFM Secretariat in promoting information sharing on climate change and fisheries and in developing a standardized climate change monitoring framework for the sector, and added that “An important message emerging from our work with the CRFM is that no matter current levels of capacity, countries in the region are willing and able to begin increasing the sector’s resilience to climate change.” According to Tim Webb, ESSA’s Database Design and Development Expert, speaking from a technical standpoint, “Exposure to R and GIS software provided to national fisheries officers as part of project training activities, taken together with ready access to spatial data through the CRFM Portal, show promise in bolstering analytical capabilities in the region.”

Singh-Renton is encouraging everyone to visit and make full use of the CRFM Portal, saying “We appreciate that users can include fishers, fisheries managers, planners, advisors, policy makers, scientists and the general public, and so the CRFM Portal has something for everyone.

 

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) generates an incredible amount of data and information for improving fisheries management in the CRFM sub-region, and is a known regional leader and example in strengthening the divides among science, policy and practice through sharing of knowledge to speed up the uptake of best practices.

The CRFM Portal is the doorway to CRFM’s growing and special regional pool of data, information and knowledge, packaged in a user-friendly format for use by all stakeholders, whatever your interests!

The CRFM is co-implementing the marine sub-component of the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (Caribbean PPCR), which itself is implemented by the Mona Office for Research and Innovation (MORI) at the University of the West Indies with grant funding from the Climate Investment Fund through the Inter-American Development Bank.

The Caribbean PPCR marine sub-component has been extremely successful so far in generating valuable information about climate change impacts on the fisheries sector. It has also facilitated the creation of a fisher-centric ICT solution, titled Fisheries Early Warning and Emergency Response (FEWER). Outreach activities have been an important inclusion for the marine sub-component, involving fishers and other industry stakeholders in the 6 Caribbean PPCR pilot countries (Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines). This has involved raising strong awareness and increasing engagement about how and what responses to climate change should be immediately explored to protect the industry’s interests.

Susan Singh-Renton, Deputy Executive Director with the CRFM Secretariat and CRFM’s coordinator for the Caribbean PPCR’s marine activities, pointed out that “Keeping the enthusiasm and momentum will be crucial for these 6 beneficiary countries, and this means ensuring that the products are used effectively in adaptation planning so that our fishing industries can continue to perform socially and economically in the face of a changing climate. The CRFM Portal is designed to allow broad user access to datasets, information and knowledge products generated by the CRFM marine sub-component of the Caribbean PPCR, but the Portal is also being used to store products from other major CRFM projects, and national project products, as needed.”

To do just that and to help countries and the region make the best use of the new CRFM Portal, project activities recently included a face to face training session in October 2019 for beneficiary country and regional fisheries experts who are expected to be the first and most frequent users of the Portal.

Having completed the training on the use of the Portal, June Masters, who is the Statistics and Information Analyst at the CRFM Secretariat, noted that “Information and tools generated under the Caribbean PPCR marine sub-component are new information which the region needs to inform and guide adaptation and resilience in Caribbean fisheries to a changing climate. It is therefore important that this information be readily available to not just fisheries scientists but to all stakeholders and the general public. The Portal makes this possible and convenient, as it is a one-stop point that houses all the information and tools generated under the Caribbean PPCR marine sub-component. It is also easily accessed via the CRFM website.”

Jimena Eyzaguirre, Senior Climate Change Adaptation Specialist for ESSA Technologies Ltd., the supporting entity for creating the CRFM Portal, congratulated the CRFM Secretariat in promoting information sharing on climate change and fisheries and in developing a standardized climate change monitoring framework for the sector, and added that “An important message emerging from our work with the CRFM is that no matter current levels of capacity, countries in the region are willing and able to begin increasing the sector’s resilience to climate change.” According to Tim Webb, ESSA’s Database Design and Development Expert, speaking from a technical standpoint, “Exposure to R and GIS software provided to national fisheries officers as part of project training activities, taken together with ready access to spatial data through the CRFM Portal, show promise in bolstering analytical capabilities in the region.”

Singh-Renton is encouraging everyone to visit and make full use of the CRFM Portal, saying “We appreciate that users can include fishers, fisheries managers, planners, advisors, policy makers, scientists and the general public, and so the CRFM Portal has something for everyone.

 

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) generates an incredible amount of data and information for improving fisheries management in the CRFM sub-region, and is a known regional leader and example in strengthening the divides among science, policy and practice through sharing of knowledge to speed up the uptake of best practices.

The CRFM Portal is the doorway to CRFM’s growing and special regional pool of data, information and knowledge, packaged in a user-friendly format for use by all stakeholders, whatever your interests!

The CRFM is co-implementing the marine sub-component of the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (Caribbean PPCR), which itself is implemented by the Mona Office for Research and Innovation (MORI) at the University of the West Indies with grant funding from the Climate Investment Fund through the Inter-American Development Bank.

The Caribbean PPCR marine sub-component has been extremely successful so far in generating valuable information about climate change impacts on the fisheries sector. It has also facilitated the creation of a fisher-centric ICT solution, titled Fisheries Early Warning and Emergency Response (FEWER). Outreach activities have been an important inclusion for the marine sub-component, involving fishers and other industry stakeholders in the 6 Caribbean PPCR pilot countries (Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines). This has involved raising strong awareness and increasing engagement about how and what responses to climate change should be immediately explored to protect the industry’s interests.

Susan Singh-Renton, Deputy Executive Director with the CRFM Secretariat and CRFM’s coordinator for the Caribbean PPCR’s marine activities, pointed out that “Keeping the enthusiasm and momentum will be crucial for these 6 beneficiary countries, and this means ensuring that the products are used effectively in adaptation planning so that our fishing industries can continue to perform socially and economically in the face of a changing climate. The CRFM Portal is designed to allow broad user access to datasets, information and knowledge products generated by the CRFM marine sub-component of the Caribbean PPCR, but the Portal is also being used to store products from other major CRFM projects, and national project products, as needed.”

To do just that and to help countries and the region make the best use of the new CRFM Portal, project activities recently included a face to face training session in October 2019 for beneficiary country and regional fisheries experts who are expected to be the first and most frequent users of the Portal.

Having completed the training on the use of the Portal, June Masters, who is the Statistics and Information Analyst at the CRFM Secretariat, noted that “Information and tools generated under the Caribbean PPCR marine sub-component are new information which the region needs to inform and guide adaptation and resilience in Caribbean fisheries to a changing climate. It is therefore important that this information be readily available to not just fisheries scientists but to all stakeholders and the general public. The Portal makes this possible and convenient, as it is a one-stop point that houses all the information and tools generated under the Caribbean PPCR marine sub-component. It is also easily accessed via the CRFM website.”

Jimena Eyzaguirre, Senior Climate Change Adaptation Specialist for ESSA Technologies Ltd., the supporting entity for creating the CRFM Portal, congratulated the CRFM Secretariat in promoting information sharing on climate change and fisheries and in developing a standardized climate change monitoring framework for the sector, and added that “An important message emerging from our work with the CRFM is that no matter current levels of capacity, countries in the region are willing and able to begin increasing the sector’s resilience to climate change.” According to Tim Webb, ESSA’s Database Design and Development Expert, speaking from a technical standpoint, “Exposure to R and GIS software provided to national fisheries officers as part of project training activities, taken together with ready access to spatial data through the CRFM Portal, show promise in bolstering analytical capabilities in the region.”

Singh-Renton is encouraging everyone to visit and make full use of the CRFM Portal, saying “We appreciate that users can include fishers, fisheries managers, planners, advisors, policy makers, scientists and the general public, and so the CRFM Portal has something for everyone.

 

Friday, 05 April 2019 10:09

Calendar of Events 2019

DATE EVENTS LOCATION
15 - 18 January  UF Sea Grant  Gainsville, Florida
21 - 24 January  LAC OA Symposium Santa Marta, Colombi
29 - 30 January Regional Consultation on an Effective Platform for CARIFORUM and French Caribbean Regions and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territiries Dialogue Barbados
5 - 7 February WECAFC Joint Working Group on Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD) (Postponed) Puerto Rico
5 - 7 February
UK Overseas Territories Coral Reef Initiative Workshop Anguilla
25 - 26 February CAF - CRFM  Blue Growth Workshop Barbados
26 - 27 February First National Stakeholder Workshop: Ocean-based sectors assessment and Selection Barbados
26 - 28 February Technology Solution for MPA and Fisheries Enforcement and Compliance - A Regional Forum Belize
28 February Launch of the National Trade Policy for Belize Belize City
6 - 7 March  Workshop to facilitate provisions of RPOA-IUU Barbados
8 March JICA-CRFM Workshop on CARIFICO Follow-up St. Lucia
13 March

CARICOM Videoconferencing in preparation for the Second Session of Inter-governmental Conference on BBNJ

Electronic Meeting
14 - 15 March Technical Stakeholder Workshop on New CCRIF Models Barbados
20-21 March 17th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum St. Kitts and Nevis
25 - 26 March

1st Preparatory Meeting for the Establishment of an RFMO in the WECAFC area

Barbados
28 - 29 March 2-day Annual Project Steering Committee Meeting Barbados
8 - 12 April (week) Advisory Body of the UNDP / GEF CLME+ Project Cartagena, Colombia
9 - 11 April Regional Workshop on Fisheries Subsidies for Government Officials from Caribbean WTO Members and Observers Jamaica
11 - 12 April PEW - IISD Follow-up Fisheries Subsidies Meeting Jamaica
15 - 16 April Fourth Meeting of the Project Executive Group (PEG) for the UNDP / GEF CLME+ Project Miami
15 - 18 April IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Application Vienna
16 April

National Validation Workshop for the 6th National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity

St. Vincent and the Grenadines
16 - 17 April 

3rd Annual Regional Meeting of the CC4FISH Project Steering Committee 

Barbados
30 April - 2 May Third Meeting of the WECAFC / IFREMER Working Group on Fisheries using Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) Isla Verde, United States
1 - 2 May PPCR Project Steering Committee Meeting Dominica
2 - 3 May  Informal Consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement- “Performance reviews of regional fisheries management organisations and arrangements” UN Headquarters, New York
13 - 14 May 5th Meeting of Global Record Working Group (GRWG5) Seoul, Korea
15 - 17 May 2nd Meeting of the PSMA Technical Working Group on Information Exchange (TWG-IE2) Seoul, Korea
22 - 24 May Regional Workshop on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator 2.a.1 - Agriculture Orientation Index for Government Expenditures  Guyana
3 - 6 June 2nd Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures Agreement to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU Fisheries   
7 June 3rd Meeting of the Part 6 Working Group  
June (tentative) 13th Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council  St. Kitts and Nevis
July Meeting of CARICOM Secretary general and Heads of CARICOM Institutions Guyana
15-18 July WECAFC 17th Commission Meeting Miami
23-24 July 10th CARICOM - United Nations General Meeting Guyana
5-8 August (Tentative) 2nd CLME+ PPCM Meeting    
September (Tentative) Norway - UNU / FTP Data collection planning workshop Iceland
October (Tentative) 2nd CRFM - OSPESCA  
23 - 25 October 4th Meeting of the Joint FAO / IMO Ad Hoc Working Group on IUU fishing and related matters   
     
     

PPCR Project Steering Committee Meeting

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