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Sherlene Audinett

Sherlene Audinett

Thursday, 04 May 2017 14:10

Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

 

The CRFM Secretariat is accepting Expressions of Interest for the following three consultancies:

1. Technical support to facilitate adaptive management for eastern Caribbean Flyingfish fisheries

2. Technical support to implementation of management / stress reduction measures in the Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish fishery

3. Technical support to facilitate Long-term Enhancements of Livelihoods and Human Well-being for Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish fisheries

Expressions of Interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person or by mail) by 19 May 2017 at 4:00pm (GMT -6) and addressed to:
           The Executive Director
           CRFM Secretariat
           Princess Margaret Drive
           P.O. Box 642
           Belize City
           Belize, C.A.
           Telephone: (501) 223-4443
                      (501) 223-4444
                      (501) 223-4445

NOTE: Inquiries pertaining to this solicitation are to be directed to the attention of: The Executive Director, CRFM Secretariat, Belize (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and copied to The Deputy Executive Director, CRFM Secretariat, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and include the EOI reference.


Dr. Einar Hjörleifsson, visiting data expert from the United Nations University –Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP), Iceland, finished his short-term assignment on fisheries data usage on 3 March 2017. During his wrap-up meeting with the CRFM Secretariat, continued support through CRFM’s partnership with the UNU-FTP was discussed. Summarizing his observations and recommendations, Dr. Hjörleifsson said that “There are already a lot of fisheries data collected by CRFM countries, although one could always ask for more. The approach I took in this short assignment was to attempt to lay a foundation for use of commonly collected data and applying the R software. The R software has already been endorsed by the CRFM scientific working groups, and once the basics of the software is mastered, it opens up new ways to efficiently explore, visualize and summarize fisheries data. R has a steep learning curve, but after the basics are mastered, R opens up myriads of doors for users to analyze other types of data, such as biological, socio-economic and VMS data with only a few additional technical skills”.

While the wrap-up meeting recognized that data management remained an area of continuing weakness for CRFM countries, CRFM’s Deputy Executive Director, Susan Singh-Renton, pointed out that “We identified sensible approaches to support continued capacity building for CRFM’s fisheries data experts, taking into account working conditions and constraints experienced both at the national and CRFM regional levels.” She explained further that “Specifically, the solutions identified as having the most potential for success were: establishing a pool of national experts who could work regionally also, as needed; accommodating for at least two main user preferences in terms of software packages for data analysis, i.e. R and Excel; and, using the CRFM Dgroup space for peer networking

Additionally, during the 2-month visit, Dr. Hjörleifsson had developed a website (http://www.hafro.is/~einarhj/crfmr/) for sharing advice, ideas and case studies on data usage to satisfy CRFM fisheries reporting and management needs, with a special focus on using R, which is free, available online statistical and computing software. This website is expected to be maintained for a while, and especially if CRFM data users find it helpful and are also willing to contribute further to its development as part of our learning process.

In February, Dr. Hjörleifsson also visited Suriname and Dominica, where, in close collaboration with two identified national fisheries data experts, Mr. Mario Yspol (Suriname) and Mr. Derrick Theophille (Dominica), he studied the specific operational situations in these two countries. In reflecting on the Suriname visit, Mr. Yspol said that “Dr. Hjörleifsson examined the systems and procedures for data entry and analysis. We also looked at data that were being gathered but not being analysed, such as vms data. The visit was very short but Dr. Hjörleifsson was able to demonstrate another way of doing things, using the tools of the R software. Since Dr. Hjörleifsson’s visit, I have found the R software and tools to be very effective for improving the quality of data analysis outputs. After a review of the basics of R, the whole system seems so logical and clear. Now it is a question of practice.”  

In the case of Dominica, Mr. Theophille noted that “Dr. Hjorleifsson's visit, while brief, was useful for assessing already progressing R-based projects, such as the national fisheries statistics report that I am tailoring to run automatically when needed. I've since begun revision of the methodology and source code after Dr. Hjorleifsson's input. Mr. Theophille then went on to point out that “Dominica is primed to utilize R at an even greater level than before, making data analysis easier and reporting more reproducible. A number of R projects are already underway locally and soon it is hoped these products may be shared with the region.”

The country missions, as well as consultations with national fisheries data experts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, helped greatly to provide Dr. Hjörleifsson with insight concerning country-level challenges and good practices as well, and these were considered carefully in the wrap-up meeting discussions. Dr. Hjörleifsson’s written report of his assignment will become available to the UNU-FTP and the CRFM by the end of March 2017.

Photo Caption: “Mr. Shamal Connell (left) from the Fisheries Division in St. Vincent and the Grenadines seen explaining fishing operations to Dr. Einar Hjörleifsson (right)  at Barrouallie landing site on the west coast of St. Vincent.” 

 

 

The challenges of climate change and variability faced by fishermen and women in four Caribbean countries are to be addressed through early warning and emergency response tools being developed under the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).

The ICT solution, which is being developed by the ICT4Fisheries Consortium in collaboration with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), will work to reduce risks to fishers’ lives and livelihoods posed by climate change and climate variability. The ICT4Fisheries Consortium is a multidisciplinary team comprising members from The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine and Cave Hill Campuses, the University of Cape Town and the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations.

Possible impacts of long term climate change trends and short term extreme weather events on Caribbean fisheries include damage to fishing and aquaculture community infrastructure, including roads, harbours, farms and houses caused by sea level rise and stronger storms, as well as unsafe fishing conditions and loss of life at sea as a result of strong storms and hurricanes, according to a 2015 study published by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Other hazards that are believed to be influenced by climate, such as sargassum seaweed, are also of deep concern to fishers. 

The ICT-based early warning system is expected to reduce fisher folks’ vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Using an application for mobile phones, fishers will be able to receive early warnings of risky weather and sea conditions. The mobile application will also be used to encourage fishers to share their local knowledge to support and improve climate-smart fisheries planning, management and decision-making. The system will be integrated within existing national disaster risk management and emergency response frameworks, and its main focus will be on communications.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica and Saint Lucia are the four regional PPCR countries in which the early warning system for fishers will be developed. The system will take into account the specific situations of target countries. ICT4Fisheries will not only develop and deploy the tools but will also provide training in their use and administration to country and regional level stakeholders.  The system should be in place by 2018.

The Caribbean PPCR is a regional programme that consists of six individual country pilots in Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines, and a regional track of activities which supports resilience building in these countries and, will also provide benefits to the wider Caribbean.

The Caribbean Regional Track of the PPCR is working to improve regional processes to acquire, store, analyse and disseminate climate relevant information and to pilot and scale up innovative climate resilient initiatives in the region, under the coordination of the University of the West Indies, Mona Office of Research and Innovation (UWI MORI). Funds are provided through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The programme’s activities are spread across four components being co-implemented by five regional institutions.  The early warning and emergency response system for fishers is being developed under component four which supports climate change adaptation initiatives in key sectors, including the Marine Sector. Under this component, co-implementing partner CRFM,an inter-governmental regional fisheries organization that promotes and facilitates responsible and optimal utilization of the region's fisheries and other aquatic resources, is focusing on activities to reduce the impact of climate-related risks on the Caribbean’s fisheries industry. 

 

 The CRFM Secretariat is seeking a qualified candidate for the post of Programme Manager, Research and Resource Assessment with the CRFM Secretariat.  Please see attached Job and Position Description with details about the post.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified nationals and legal residents of CARICOM/CRFM Member States and Associate Members. 

Applications in English Language with full Curriculum Vitae should reach the CRFM Secretariat no later than 28 April 2017.

 

 

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified nationals of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism / Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Associate Members to fill the position of PROGRAMME MANAGER – RESEARCH AND RESOURCE ASSESSMENT in the CARIBBEAN REGIONAL FISHERIES MECHANISM (CRFM) SECRETARIAT.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 28 April 2017

Please review the attached file for further details.

Thursday, 15 December 2016 14:47

Preliminary List of Meetings 2017

DATE EVENT LOCATION Meeting Convener
15 - 27 January Norwegian Technical Mission

Belize, Haiti, Barbados, Guyana. Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago

      Gov.Norway
17 January     CLME+ Project Executive Group Meeting Virtual       CLME+
18 January Caribbean Billfish Project Steering Committee Meeting  Virtual       FAO
24 - 26 January Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (CME Programme) Marine Workshop for the Caribbean Ocean Region Kingston, Jamaica       UK Gov.
7 - 9 February Inception Workshop of project GCP/SLC/202/SCF "Climate Change Asaptation for Eastern Caribbean Fisheries" Barbados       FAO
20 - 24 February Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for the Wider Caribbean and Central America San Jose, Costa Rica       CBD
2- - 24 February Special Meeting of the SPS Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Trinidad and Tobago       IICA
21 - 23 February First Caribbean Sustainable Development Forum Oranjestad, Aruba       CSDF
23 - 24 February (Tentative) 28th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum St. Vincent and the Grenadines       CRFM
27 - 28 February Validation Workshop- Study on Impacts of Rising Cost Factors on Fishing Operations in the CRFM Member States  Barbados       FAO/CRFM
1 - 3 March First Meeting of the WECAFC/CRFM Regional Working Group on IUU Fishing under Project GCP/SLC/008/USA Support to the Caribbean Regional Working Group on Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (RWG-IUU) Barbados       FAO
TBD 3rd Regional Workshop on Caribbean Billfish Fisheries Management and Conservation, under the Caribbean Billfish Project (GCP/SLC/001/WBK) Dominican Republic       FAO/CRFM
30-31 March  15th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum Jamaica       CRFM
11 - 13 April Meeting of the WECAFC/OSPESCA Working Group on Sharks under project GCP/SLC/013/USA Conservation and Management of SHarks and Rays in the Wider Caribbean Region Barbados       FAO
19 May (Tentative) 11th Meeting fo the CRFM Ministerial Council Guyana       CRFM
23 - 25 May Regional Workshop on the establishment of a Regional Fishing Vessel Register under project GCP/SLC/012/EC Workshop on IUU Fishing of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission Barbados       FAO
24 May - 21 July IOI Training Programme on ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada       IOI
5 - 9 June High Level UN Conference, co-hosted by the Government of Fiji and Sweden, will coincide with the World Oceans Day, and seek to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use of the oceans, sea and marine Resources for sustainable development) New York       Fiji and             Sweden     Gov.
  9th Session of COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture / SIDs Side Event on Aquaculture Iran       FAO
Sept. 2016 - March 2017 United Nations University - Fisheries Training Programme - 6 Month fellowship Iceland       UNU-FTP
October/November  JICA-CARIFICO Dissemination Workshop St. Lucia       JICA-  CARIFICO/CRFM
  70th Meeting of GCFI Mexico       GCFI

Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:42

Members

Ms. Kafi Gumbs
Director (ag.)
Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources
Government of Anguilla
ANGUILLA

Mrs. Cheryl Jeffery-Appleton
Chief Fisheries Officer
Fisheries Devision
Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing & the Environment
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

Mr. Michael T. Braynen
Director
Department of Marine Resources
Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government
THE BAHAMAS

Mr. Stephen Willoughby
Chief Fisheries Officer
Fisheries Division
Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management
BARBADOS

Ms. Beverly Wade
Fisheries Admistrator
Fisheries Department
Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development
BELIZE.

Mr. Andrew Magloire
Chief Fisheries Officer
Fisheries Devision
Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries
DOMINICA

Mr. Justin Rennie
Chief Fisheries Officer
Fisheries Division
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
GRENEDA

Mr. Denzil Roberts
Chief Fisheries Officer
Department of Fisheries
Ministry of Fisheries
GUYANA

Mr. Jean Robert Badio
Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Fisheries Department
Ministry of Agriculture
HAITI

Mr. G. Andre Kong
Chief Executive Officer
Fisheries Division
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
JAMAICA

Mr. Stephen Smikle
Director of Fisheries (ag.)
Fisheries Division
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
JAMAICA

Mr. Alwyn Ponteen
Chief Fisheries Officer
Department of Fisheries
MONTSERRAT

Mr. Marc Williams
Director of Marine Resources
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
SAINT KITTS and NEVIS

Ms. Althea Arthurton
Director
Department of Fisheries
Ministry of Agriculture
ST. KITTS and NEVIS

Mr. Rufus George
Chief Fisheries Officer
Department of Fisheries
Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development
SAINT LUCIA

Mrs. Jennifer Cruickshank-Howard
Chief Fisheries Officer (ag.)
Fisheries Devision
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Transportation, Industry, Forestry and Fisheries
SAINT VINCENT and the GRENADINES.

Mr. Rene Lieveld
Director of Fisheries
Fisheries Department
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
SURINAME.

Mrs. Christine Chan A Shing
Director of Fisheries
Fisheries Division
Ministry of Food Production
TRINIDAD and TOBAGO.

Ms. Kathleen M. Wood
Director
Department of Environment and Maritime Administration
Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs
TURKS and CAICOS ISLANDS

Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:20

COMPOSITION & FUNCTIONS

 

Composition of the Forum

1. The Forum shall comprise:

(a) one representative of each Member of the Mechanism;

(b) one representative of each Associate Member of the Mechanism;

(c) representatives of the following groups, institutions and bodies, approved by the Ministerial Council as Observers:

(d) Fisher Folk Organisations and Private Fishing Companies within the Caribbean Region;

(e) Regional bodies and institutions and regional organisations whose work in the area of fisheries contribute to the work of the Mechanism;

(f) Non-Governmental Organisations whose work in the area of fisheries contribute to the work of the Mechanism.

2. The Forum shall elect a chairman from among the Members of the Mechanism and, subject to this Agreement, shall establish its own rules of procedure.

Functions of the Forum.

Subject to the policy direction of the Ministerial Council, the Forum shall determine the technical and scientific work of the Mechanism and, in particular, the Forum shall:


(a) promote the protection and rehabilitation of fisheries habitats and the environment generally;

(b) encourage the use of post-harvest practices in the fisheries sub-sector that maintain the nutritional value and quality of products;

(c) encourage the establishment of effective mechanisms for monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries exploitation;

(d) recommend for approval by the Ministerial Council, arrangements for sustainable fisheries management and development in Member States based upon the best available technical or scientific data and information;

(e) recommend for approval by the Ministerial Council, co-operative and other arrangements relating to fisheries;

(f) review the arrangements recommended by the Technical Unit for sustainable fisheries management and development in Member States;

(g) examine and consider action taken by Member States and third States which may prejudice arrangements for sustainable fisheries management and development;

(h) receive reports on new arrangements made between Member States and third States with respect to the conservation and management of fisheries;

(i) receive reports on such activities as may from time to time be entrusted to sub-committees or interest groups of the Forum;

(j) receive and examine the draft Work Plan and Budget of the Mechanism and submit recommendations thereon to the Ministerial Council;

(k) determine from time to time the priorities for the Work Programme of the Mechanism;

(l) approve the staff regulations recommended by the Technical Unit;

(m) undertake such other functions as from time to time may be entrusted to it by the Ministerial Council.


The Forum shall convene in regular sessions once a year and in such special sessions as it considers necessary to perform its functions.

 

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