The regional launch of IYAFA 2022 was held virtually on November 19, 2021 and can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqqBIlEWnv0. The regional launch highlighted the goals and objectives of IYAFA 2022 while contextualizing them to the Latin American and Caribbean region and inspiring action-oriented celebrations throughout 2022. The speakers included fishers, policymakers, civil society, private sector representatives and various coordination committees.
Acknowledging the uniqueness of the international year and consistent with ongoing efforts across the region, the Honourable Minister Saboto Caesar, Chairman of the CRFM Ministerial Council called upon:
The CRFM recognises the importance of supporting small-scale fisheries at the policy level and has developed the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP) which is a binding treaty focusing on cooperation and collaboration of Caribbean people, fisherfolk and governments in conserving, managing and sustainably utilising fisheries and related ecosystems. The CRFM Ministerial Council has also adopted Resolution No. MC 15 (10) of 2021 on the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA), which calls upon the CRFM Secretariat and Member States to promote the achievement of the objectives of the IYAFA 2022 celebrations.
The objectives of IYAFA 2022 are to:
You can learn more about IYAFA’s 2022 theme here: Global Action Plan
Draft Agenda and Information Note (Revised)
Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified Belizean nationals to fill the position of PROJECT CORDINATOR – Sargassum Products for Climate Resilience Project in the Caribbean, in the office of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat, Belize City, Belize. The contract period will run from 19 April 2021 to 19 August 2021.
The deadline for the submission of applications is 9 April 2021.
|14 January||2nd Meeting of Secretary-General, Heads of CARICOM Institutions and CARICOM Ambassadors|
|21 - 22 January||StewardFish Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) Training Workshop|
|21 January||Japan Informal Sustainable Use Dialogue (7.00-9.00am BZ|
|25 January||Regional ProDoc Validation Workshop BE: CLME+Project|
|26 January||PSC Meeting of CC4FISH (8:30 - 11:00am B’dos time)|
|27 January||Barbados Sargassum Adaptive Management Strategy (SAMS) (9:15 AM – 12:00 NOON EC)|
Training sessions in use of the CRFM Data Portal
|28 January||Senior Managers’ Committee Meeting|
Training sessions in use of the CRFM Data Portal
|1 - 5 February||FAO COFI|
CRFM Technical Team Meeting
|8 February||Emergency Ad hoc Technical Meeting to discuss the compilation of comments of the G77 and China on the zero draft of the negotiating text for UNCTAD XV|
|10 - 12 February||Ad hoc Technical Expert Group Meeting to provide advice to CARICOM negotiators in Geneva on the Chair's Draft Negotiating text ahead of UNCTAD 15 Conference (Expert level)|
|11 February||IAEA Extraordinary Meeting of the SAGNA|
|11 February||Regional briefing meeting in preparation for Subsidiary Body of Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) 24|
|12 February||Coastfish Project - Antigua and Barbuda Preliminary Planning Meeting|
|12 February||Meeting with BFCA/CNFO/lawyer to discuss legal case BFCA v Gov BZE challenging gillnet ban|
|16 February||Session 1 - 10th CLME+ SAP ICM Meeting|
|18 February||Session 2 - 10th CLME+ SAP ICM Meeting|
|18 February||Ad hoc Technical Expert Group Meeting to provide advice to CARICOM negotiators in Geneva on the Chair's Draft Negotiating text ahead of UNCTAD 15 Conference - Review the outcome of the expert-level review (Ambassadors Meeting)|
|19 February||3rd Special Meeting of the Executive Committee|
CARICOM Preparatory Meeting, ahead of the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Special Virtual Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting
|22 - 26 February||Ad hoc Technical Expert Group Meeting to provide advice to CARICOM negotiators in Geneva on the Chair's Draft Negotiating text ahead of UNCTAD 15 Conference - First reading of the draft negotiating tex|
|23 - 25 February||Third and final regular CLME+ Project Steering Committee Meeting|
|24 -25 February||Eighth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats’ Network|
|26 February||UNRCO Kick-Off Workshop for the formulation and design of the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework 2022-2026 (MSDF II)|
|Meeting with UN Consultant (Regional Cooperation Framework)|
|3 March||Sargassum Products Virtual Training Workshop (1.00 -3.30 pm BZ/ 2.00-4.30 JAM/ 3.00 -5.30 EC)|
|5 March||36th Meeting of the Executive Committee|
|11 March||Eighth Meeting of Senior Officials on the Negotiations of Fisheries Subsidies in the World Trade Organization (WTO)|
|18 March||Resource Mobilization Committee Meeting|
|29 - 31 March||22nd Annual SAGNA meeting|
|15 - 16 April||19th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum|
On 4 December 2020, CRFM’s Continental Shelf Fisheries Working Group (CSWG), supported by over 20 national, regional and international fisheries experts, commended both Guyana and Suriname for their organized approaches to sustainable management of the countries’ Atlantic seabob (shrimp) trawl fisheries. These seabob trawl fisheries are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which recognizes good standards in fisheries management practices. The MSC label gives Guyana’s and Suriname’s seabob products the competitive edge on the international market!
The regional peer expert group reviewed the progress made on management plans, with special attention being given to how the countries were addressing MSC conditions and recommendations, and piloting agreed new harvest control rules adopted in 2019. The countries were also commended for their active engagement with private sector partners for management cooperation, and with the regional and international NGO and donor communities for research support.
A strong commendation came from the National Coordinator for the REBYC-II LAC project in Suriname, Dr. Tomas Willems. Willems remarked that “It is great to see Suriname and Guyana working together on the management of their seabob fisheries, exchanging information and lessons learned, and jointly tackling research and stock assessment. Assuming that stocks of many more species are potentially shared among the countries of the Guianas - North-Brazil shelf, the seabob fishery provides an important example of how cross-border collaboration can look like in practice.”
During the review of 4 December, both Suriname and Guyana, were able to demonstrate well organized plans and approaches for guiding their seabob trawl fishery management activities. The two countries did highlight some delays and disruptions to their activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The industry pointed out that the pandemic had affected its operations as well. The Working Group meeting heard that Suriname had to extend the pilot trial period for the harvest control rule to allow for more comprehensive evaluation of performance of the rule through the natural fluctuations of catches through time, that is, through both low and high seabob production months. Notwithstanding, the pilot trials had allowed Suriname to adjust and refine its systems and procedures for data and information management to cope with the monthly monitoring of catch rates and estimations of the harvest control rule index. The outputs were then used to determine if and by how much the industry would have to adjust its fishing effort levels over time. Guyana had not yet begun pilot trials of its harvest control rule, but indicated that such trials would begin in 2021.
During the review, some key issues of concern were raised in respect of the harvest control rule application and of the catch rate data. If the harvest control rule required industry adjustment actions, the time lag for action was 2 months, but the industry indicated that this time lag may in fact be too long. The Working Group recalled that the best available data and science were applied to the 2019 assessments, and also recalled that its 2019 meeting had identified certain additional data and information, which if made available, could help to improve the quality of the catch rate estimation and, in turn, the quality of seabob assessment results and associated harvest control rules.
In conclusion, the Working Group commended the countries for their planning, monitoring, and reporting efforts, and for the completed harvest control rule trials. The Working Group also agreed to convene a meeting early in 2021, which would devote attention to data and information improvements for the next full seabob stock assessment.
The Continental Shelf Working Group Meeting was chaired by CRFM’s Deputy Executive Director, Susan Singh-Renton. Singh-Renton noted that “In 2019, the CRFM responded to a request by both Guyana and Suriname for regional coordination and peer review of scientific assessments of the seabob shrimp stocks fished by their trawl fisheries. The scientific assessments were successfully facilitated by CRFM’s Continental Shelf Fisheries Working Group, which then also agreed to keep under review the implementation of agreed inter-sessional activities, and this work is ongoing. The inter-sessional activities have been planned to ensure that all the MSC conditions and recommendations are fully met”.
Photo Caption: Seabob trawler operating off the coast of Suriname (Photo Credit: Tomas Willems, National Coordinator for the REBYC-II LAC project in Suriname)
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 REBYC-II LAC project is the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation supported Project entitled, “Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries”
Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified nationals of the CARICOM/CRFM Member States to fill the position of Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat with assigned duty station in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Full details of the position may be obtained by clicking “Job Vacancy” or by clicking the attachments below.
Applications in English Language with full curriculum details including nationality, work experience, educational qualifications, summary of professional skills and/or expertise, language proficiency, list of professional publications, contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three referees (at least two of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s work), and other relevant information, should be addressed to:
The deadline for the submission of applications is 15 January 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in February 2021 to arrange interviews. The position will remain open until filled.
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))
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
The email subject line should indicate the EOI Reference.