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Belize City, Friday, 23 September 2016 (CRFM)—Fifteen fisheries personnel, including senior fisheries officers, fisheries officers, analysts and policy officers, traveled to Australia this week to participate in a specialized training course on “Enhancing Fisheries Management Capacity in the Caribbean Region.”

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) partnered in developing the 4-week course, to strengthen the region’s capacity in fisheries law and fisheries management.

More specifically, the training—which is being held at the Innovation Centre at ANCORS, University of Wollongong, ranked among Australia’s top 10 universities—is intended to address the conservation and protection of living marine resources and biodiversity; monitoring and surveillance; as well as measures to curb illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.

“This is a great training opportunity for CRFM Member States, and we are grateful for the valued contributions which Australia continues to make to help advance fisheries management and development across the CARICOM region. The CRFM appreciates this sustained support,” said Milton Haughton, CRFM Executive Director.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Australian Government institution which is funding the training, awarded Australian Awards Fellowship to nominees who were selected from 10 CRFM Member States.

It is expected that when the training concludes on October 15, they will partner with relevant stakeholders to help improve frameworks and cooperative agreements at home and across the wider Caribbean, to achieve sustainable fisheries, which would, in turn, mean more dollars for the fishing industry and improved socio-economic conditions in beneficiary states.

This training builds on two previous training workshops, successfully held in Australia in 2012 and 2014. It helps to fulfill a Memorandum of Understanding which the CRFM and ANCORS signed back in 2012.


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In an effort to strengthen the capacities of surveillance and control activities in Member States, IICA has collaborated with the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, to offer advanced training on antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance in food production animals and food products of animal origin.

This capacity building action on Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance in Agriculture, is an opportunity for early to mid-career public health professionals to participate in a comprehensive two week training course designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to control and monitor the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance in food production systems, as well as throughout the food chain from the farm to the consumer.

Opportunity exists for 2 qualified persons working on aquaculture/fisheries SPS from the Caribbean ACP States to participate in the training course.

For more information on the course please download the Course profile here and/or contact the CRFM Secretariat, or the Director of Fisheries/Chief Fisheries Officer or Permanent Secretary Responsible for Fisheries in your country for more information.

This training is made possible through funding under the EU Funded SPS Measures Project.


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