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Ministers responsible for fisheries

 Member StatePhotoInformation
  Anguilla  curtis

Mr. Curtis Richardson
Ministry Of Infrastructure Communication Housing And Utilities

  Antigua and Barbuda Author-Nibbs

Hon. Arthur M. Nibbs
Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries And Barmuda Affairs

  The Bahamas alfred gray

Hon. V. Alfred Gray, M.P.
Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources and Local Government

  Barbados  dr. david estwick

Dr. Hon. David C. Estwick M.P. 
Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, and Water Resource Management

  Belize gaspar-vega-belize

Hon. Gaspar Vega
Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development

  Dominica Johnson Drigo 2014

Hon. Johnson Drigo
Ministry of Agriculture And Fisheries

  Grenada  Hon.-Yolande-Bain-Horsford


Hon. Yolande Bain-Horsford
Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environmnet

  Guyana Noel-Holder

Hon. Noel Holder
Ministry of Agriculture

  Haiti Thomas

Hon. Thomas Jacques
Ministère de l´Agriculture, des Ressources Naturelles et du Développement Rural

  Jamaica .tie

Hon. Karl Samuda
Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries

  Montserrat  Claude Hogan 2014 02

Hon. Claude E.S. Hogan.
Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment.

  St. Kitts and Nevis  Eugene Hamilton

Hon. Eugene Hamilton
Minister Of Agriculture, Health, National Health Insurance, Human Settlements, Community Development, Gender Affairs, Social Services, Land & Cooperatives

  St. Lucia  ezechiel-joseph-portrait

Hon. Ezechiel Joseph
Ministry Of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources And Cooperative

  St. Vincent and the Grenadines Saboto Caesar 2010

Hon. Saboto Caesar
Ministry Of Agriculture, Industry, Forestry, Fisheries

  Suriname algoe

Hon. Soeresh Algoe
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries

  Trinidad and Tobago 0912-NWS-WEB-CLARENCE-RAMBH 0

Hon. Clarence Rambharat
Ministry Of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries

  Turks and Caicos Islands PorshaSmith

Hon. Porsha Stubbs Smith.
Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage And Culture

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Observers of the CRFM

Observers of the CRFM include the following organizations:

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Associate members

At present, there are no Associate Members.
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Trinidad and Tobago

Quick Facts:

  • Fisheries sector percentage contribution to GDP: 0.07 (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Fish Production (metric tonnes): about 13,204 MT (2007)
  • Fish Production (value in national currency): about $TT 199.2 M (2007)
  • Fish Production, including aquaculture (metric tonnes): 13,209 MT (2007)
  • Fish Production, including aquaculture (value in national currency): $TT 199.3 M (2007)
  • Fish Imports (metric tonnes): 9,165 MT (2007)
  • Fish Imports (value in national currency): $TT 161.7M (2007)
  • Fish Exports (metric tonnes): 3,923 MT (2007)
  • Fish Exports (value in national currency): $TT 83.0 M (2007)
  • Per capita fish consumption: 14 kg
  • EEZ: (58,722 km2); Archipelagic waters (7,158 km2); Territorial Sea (9,337 km2)
  • Shelf area: (See Notes 1 & 2)
  • Fishing Area: EEZ
  • Number of landing sites: 85 sites (Trinidad-67, Tobago-32) (see Note 6)
  • Number of fishers: About 4,500 (2008 estimate)
  • Number of fishing vessels: About 2,000 (2008 estimate)
  • Fishing gear types: (see Notes 3,4,5)
  • Number of fish vendors/hawkers: (see Note 7)
  • Number of fish processors: No information available
  • Number of importers: 74 (Jan 2008 – Nov 2009)
  • Number of exporters: 56 (Jan 2008 – Nov 2009)
  • Area under aquaculture (hectares): 13
  • Number of aquaculture farms: 15
  • Number of aquaculture farmers: 15
  • Incentives to fishers and aquaculture farmers: Fishers:- Tax and duty free concessions on marine fuel, boats, engines, fishing gear and other related supplies. Aquaculture farmers:- For pond construction, 2 acres (water surface area), 25% of the cost of construction to a maximum of $TT 20,000.


  1. Trinidad lies 11.2 km from the northeastern peninsula of Venezuela. The continental shelf is a maximum of 100 nautical miles south, 35 nautical miles east and 27 nautical miles north of Trinidad. The shelf has a fairly even topography with no recognized canyon or submerged features.
  2. Tobago sits entirely on the shelf at a distance of 19 nautical miles from Trinidad. The shelf breaks at depths from 90-100 m with a slope which descends to depths of several thousand metres.
  3. Pirogues are primarily small wooden/fibreglass open boats of 7-9 m in length, propelled by outboard engines commonly 45-75 Hp. They are used for commercial and sport day fishing employing primarily handlines, also gill nets, palangue (small bottom longlines) and fish pots (traps). Similar vessels known as "bumboats" are used in Tobago.
  4. Multi-gear semi-industrial fleet consists of about 29 vessels 14-26 m in length; primarily fish pelagic and demersal species using longlines and fish pots and stay at sea from 7-15 days.
  5. Trawlers have been categorized into four types (see below) according to their lengths, engine horsepower and degree of mechanization. All trawlers are based in Trinidad. Shrimps (Penaeids) are the principal exploited species; finfish, crabs, and squid are caught as by-catch.
  6. Functional cold storage facilities are available at three (3) major fish markets. Port facilities to accommodate vessels exploiting the EEZ are available in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and to a lesser extent in Scarborough, Tobago.
  7. Generally the marketing of fish is undertaken in a very rudimentary manner. Most of the fish is marketed fresh and sold directly by the fishermen on the beach to private vendors, middle-men or to consumers. The private vendors sell the fish from small outlets in suburban areas and along the roadway.

Vessel Categories:

  • Type I: 6.7-9.8 m in length; usually two 45-75 Hp outboard engines; manually operated net (about 47 vessels);
  • Type II: 7.9 - 11.6 m in length; 90-150 Hp inboard diesel engine; single net/ manually operated (about 55 vessels);
  • Type III: 9.3 -12.2 m in length; 165-275 Hp inboard diesel; single net/ hydraulic winch; electronic fishing aids/ communication equipment (10 vessels);
  • Type IV: 10.9 – 23.6 m in length; 325-425 Hp inboard diesel engine; two nets/ hydraulic winch; electronic fishing aids/ communication equipment; some refrigeration (31 vessels).

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Quick Facts:

  • Fisheries sector contribution to GDP: 0.6: (2007)
  • Fish production (metric tonne): 1000 (2007)
  • Fish production, including aquaculture (value in national currency): EC $ 10 million(2007)
  • Fish exports (metric tonne): 127.3 (2007)
  • Fish exports (value in national currency): EC $ 1.2 M (2007)
  • Fish imports (metric tonne): 500 (2007)
  • Fish imports (value in national currency): EC $ 6 (2007)
  • Per capita fish consumption (kg): 13.6
  • EEZ (km2): 27,500
  • Shelf area (km2): 7,800
  • Fishing area (km2): n/a
  • Number of landing sites: 22 on St. Vincent, 16 on the Grenadines
  • Number of fishers: 1,500 full time, 1,000 part time
  • Number of fishing vessels: n/a
  • Fishing gear types: Trolling, beach seine, handlines and longlines
  • Number of vendors/hawkers: 200
  • Number of processors: 2
  • Number of exporters: 6
  • Number of importers: 8
  • Area under aquaculture (hectares): 0
  • Number of aquaculture farms: 0
  • Number of aquaculture farmers: 0
  • Incentives to fishers and aquaculture farmers: Some concessions are given to fishers on importation of vessels, engines and gear of a certain specification.


  1. EC $2.67 = US$1

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St. Lucia

Quick Facts:

  • Fisheries sector contribution to GDP (%): 1
  • Fish production, including aquaculture (metric tonne): 1,695.33 (includes 0.70 mt aquaculture)
  • Fish production, including aquaculture (value in national currency): EC $ 21.7 million
  • Fish exports (metric tonne): nil
  • Fish exports (value in national currency): nil
  • Fish imports (metric tonne): 1,057.86
  • Fish imports (value in national currency): EC $ 13.9 million
  • Per capita fish consumption (kg): n/a
  • EEZ (km2): 200 nm
  • Shelf area (km2): 552
  • Fishing area (km2): unknown
  • Number of landing sites: 17
  • Number of fishers: 1355 (full time), 870 (part time)
  • Number of fishing vessels: 574
  • Fishing gear types: Trolling lines, flyingfish nets, beach seines, fillet nets, fish pots, harpoons, longlines, palange, scuba tanks (for conch), spear guns, gillnets and handlines.
  • Number of vendors/hawkers: 50
  • Number of processors: 15 (primary)
  • Number of exporters: nil
  • Number of importers: 43
  • Area under aquaculture (hectares): 9.7
  • Number of aquaculture farms: 45
  • Number of aquaculture farmers: 99
  • Incentives to fishers and aquaculture farmers: • waiver of import duties and waiver of consumption tax for registered/licensed fishing vessel owners on fishing vessels, engines and lubricants. • waiver of import duties on equipment and tools, including fishing gear and materials, safety/communication/navigational aids. • rebate on fuel to fishers who are members of fishers’ co-operatives. • waiver of all duties on imports by fisher co-operatives.


  1. EC $2.67 = US$1

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Monday, 18 March 2013 22:19

St. Kitts and Nevis

Quick Facts:

  • % Contribution to GDP: 1.42 (1995) at constant prices.
  • Fishing Area: EEZ (20400 km2); Shelf (845 km2).
  • EEZ (km2): EEZ (20400 km2)
  • Number of Fishers: 350 on St. Kitts (about 46% full-time); 300 on Nevis (about 70% full-time).
  • Number of Landing sites: 11 on St. Kitts and 8 on Nevis.
  • Fish Imports (metric tonne): 904.33 MT (2008)
  • Fish Imports (value in national currency): 11 824 084 EC$(2008)
  • Fish Exports (metric tonne): 107.33 MT (2008)
  • Fish exports (value in national currency): 1 310 964 EC$ (2008)
  • Number of vendors/hawkers: 15 (St. Kitts) 0 (Nevis)
  • Number of processors: 1 (St. Kitts) 1 (Nevis)
  • Importers: 3 (St. Kitts) 1 (Nevis)
  • Number of Exporters: 4 (St. Kitts) 2 (Nevis) Significant quantities are exported by the Nevis Fishermen's Cooperative. On Nevis, 3 other persons occasionally export lobster to Guadeloupe.
  • Incentives to fishers and aquaculture farmers: Duty-free concessions on boats, engines, fishing gear and other related supplies. There is no rebate on marine fuel.


  1. Note: EC$ = US $1.
  2. On St. Kitts there are five major sites which account for nearly 70% of the total of the vessels. To accommodate an expansion of the cruise ship pier in Basseterre, a new fisheries landing site with a breakwater was created farther down the beach and a building for gear storage and fish marketing was erected.
  3. The largest landing area in Nevis is adjacent to the Fisheries Complex in Charlestown. This facility provides gear and equipment, ice and walk-in freezers, outboard motor repairs, fish processing, and stalls for marketing the fish. 

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Monday, 18 March 2013 22:18


Quick Facts:

  • % Contribution to GDP: 0.3% (2002) $0.29 million
  • Fishing Area: EfZ (21100 km2); Shelf (146 km2).
  • Fishermen: 60
  • Landing sites: 2 (1 major, 1 minor)
  • Fish Imports: EC$ 115,844.00
  • Fish Exports: 0
  • Fish vendors: 0
  • Fish processors: 0
  • Importers: 3
  • Exporters: 0


  1. Volcanic activity destroyed the fisheries facilities both at Plymouth and at Isles Bay. The relocation of fishermen to the North of the island has resulted in the majority of fishermen now being located at Carr's Bay with a small number operating from Bunkum Bay. There are currently approximately sixty (60) full time fishermen, operating 33 boats in Montserrat.
  2. The facilities available to fishermen at these locations are extremely basic and, particularly at Carrs Bay, are unsuitable for the increased number of fishermen operating from this site. Fishermen often fish for periods of up to twenty (20) hours at one time and fishing is concentrated between 0 and 2 nautical miles off shore mainly on the eastern and western sides of the island. The species groups traditionally exploited are the Shallow Shelf and Reef Fish and the Coastal Pelagics. Both species are moderately too heavily exploited and are unlikely to support increased exploitation. The Deep Slope and Bank Fish are under-exploited and the status of the Large Pelagics is mostly unknown but thought to be adequate to support further exploitation.

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