The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature
Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Four years (2013 – 2017)
6 OECS countries of St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada
4 Million EURO
ECMMAN Project Objectives:
1. Declare new MMAs and strengthen existing MMAs;
2. Build strong constituencies for sustainable livelihoods and ocean use;
3. Improve and update an Eastern Caribbean Decision Support System (ECDSS) that provides accessible decision making tools and incorporates current ecological, socio-economic, and climate change data; and
4. Institute sustainability mechanisms to support the MMA
network, including regional political commitments and actions, collaboration mechanisms on marine and coastal resources,and sustainable financing.
Ms Elizabeth Mohammed joins the CRFM Secretariat as Programme Manager, Research and Resource Assessment with effect from 01 October 2013.
She received a Master of Philosophy Degree in Zoology (focus on fish biology; ageing, reproductive studies) from UWI and completed graduate courses in fisheries management and development, quantitative analysis of fisheries and ecological modeling at the University of British Columbia. She joins the CRFM Secretariat with a mix of scientific, administrative, managerial and technical skills and over fifteen years experience in national and regional fisheries research, national fisheries policy development and implementation.
Ms Mohammed began her career in fisheries at the Fisheries Division, Ministry of Food Production, Trinidad and Tobago as Fisheries Officer with responsibility for assessment and management related research on the four-winged flyingfish and coastal pelagic species and later moved on to manage the Division’s research unit. Between 2008 and 2010 she was the Director of Fisheries (Acting) and participated actively in the activities of the CRFM Forum and Executive Committee. Over the last five years she held the position of Senior Fisheries Officer, where her very extensive portfolio included provision of technical guidance to the Division’s research programme, development and implementation of fisheries policies, review of the national fisheries legislation, provision of administrative and technical support to the directorate and senior officials in the Ministry, chairing the Division’s committee on matters related to the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, representation of the Division on national Committees related to fisheries and the environment and serving as focal point to regional projects (the ACP Fish II Programme and CLME Project) as well as the regional working group on recreational fisheries.
Thus far, her contribution to regional fisheries research includes: reconstruction of historical fisheries catch and effort data for five countries in the southeastern Caribbean, conducted as a Graduate Student Research Assistant under the Sea Around Us Project implemented by the UBC Fisheries Centre; analysis of conditions and trends in Caribbean fisheries as part of a team working on the Caribbean Sea Ecosystem Assessment; development of a preliminary ecosystem model for the Lesser Antilles pelagic sub-ecosystem, provision of scientific advice on the ecosystem impacts of fishing and delivery of training on development and use of the ecosystem modelas Ecosystem Modeling Consultant with the LAPE Project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; and analysis of recreational fisheries in the eastern Caribbean as Consultant to the CRFM.
Much of the research conducted by Ms Mohammed is of direct relevance to the ecosystem approach to fisheries management. She aims to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of fisheries assessment and management efforts in the Caribbean region, through the application of holistic, innovative and participatory approaches, that give due regard to the challenges faced by national fisheries authorities and the need for integration of fisheries into the broader issue of coastal zone management. In her portfolio with the CRFM Ms Mohammed is responsible for the fisheries and related research and resource assessment to provide information for planning and decision-making, including, inter alia: assessment of commercially important fisheries and aquaculture of the CRFM Member States. She is also responsible for biological, ecological, social, economic, environmental and climate change related research based on fishery assessment and management needs or on specific requests from CRFM Member States.
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) recently launched a public awareness campaign supporting ratification of the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP), a regional treaty on conservation, management and sustainable utilisation of the region's fisheries resources.
Mr. Thor Asgeirsson has joined the staff of the CRFM secretariat as an International Fisheries Expert forthe period July - December 2013, on sabbatical from the United Nations University–Fisheries Training Programme in Iceland. Mr. Asgeirsson is a marine ecologist by training and is the Deputy Director of the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) which is hosted by the Marine Research Institute in Iceland. He comes with vast experience in teaching, international fisheries cooperation development and marine research and has since 1999 lead the training of fisheries professionals from developing countries through his work at the UNU-FTP in addition to working as a consultant for international development agencies.
The CRFM and UNU-FTP have had a formal working relationship since 2006 through MOU. Thirteen fisheries officers, including 9 women, from 9 CRFM Member States have been trained in the 6 month fisheries training programme in Iceland since 2007. Three more will join the UNU-FTP in September 2013. In addition, the CRFM and the UNU-FTP in collaboration with local universities (UWI and University of Belize) have developed and delivered five regional short courses in various areas of fisheries for fisheries department staff since 2009.
Mr. Asgeirsson main tasks and objectives during his tour of duty at the CRFM will be to assist in conducting a training need assessment in the fisheries administrations in the CRFM Member States, and to develop future cooperative projects between the United Nations University System and the CRFM to further support the development and management of aquaculture and fisheries in the Caribbean.
The assignment of Mr. Asgeirsson to the CRFM is made possible through the generous contribution of the UNU-FTP under an MOU with the CRFM Secretariat.