Below are some key policies approved by the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism:
♦ Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy
The CCCFP, as a Community Policy, represents the agreed vision, goal and objectives of the Community and its Members in relation to the conservation, management and sustainable utilisation of fisheries resources in the Caribbean. It is expected to be the document that guides the Community in its decision-making and subsequent legal agreements, decisions or measures at both the regional and national levels may be evaluated against the CCCFP.
The CCCFP will enable participating States to collectively undertake the scientific research and studies necessary to determine the status of fish stocks, determine available fishing opportunities, and develop rational harvest strategies and fisheries management plans to ensure optimum sustainable use of the resources and protect the ecosystems.
♦ Personal Data Protection Policy
The CRFM Personal Data Protection Policy (hereinafter referred to as the 'Policy') was developed in accordance with the current global normative framework, international best practices and standards, and CARICOM’s policy on personal data protection and processing, with a view to strengthening institutional control mechanisms and fostering transparent and proper use of the personal data of employees and individuals collaborating with the CRFM to fulfill its mission.
The purpose of the Policy is to ensure that the roles and responsibilities of employees of the CRFM Secretariat with respect to protecting personal data are clearly defined, understood, and followed by all employees. The document also provides procedural guidance on how the CRFM Secretariat, and its governance bodies will implement the Policy.
♦ Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy
The CRFM Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption Policy (hereinafter referred to as “the Policy”) establishes principles and standards that will govern conduct at the CRFM to ensure compliance with international best practices and standards in respect of bribery and corruption and reinforces our intention and obligation to act honestly and ethically in all our business dealings. It sets out the responsibilities of the CRFM including its organs and bodies and those who work for the CRFM in regard to observing and upholding a zerotolerance position on bribery and corruption.
The Policy also provides a source of information and guidance for those working for the CRFM Secretariat and helps them recognize and deal with bribery and corruption, as well as understand their responsibilities.