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Sherlene Audinett

Sherlene Audinett

The Workshop will showcase and discuss fisheries issues under the Theme "Investing in Blue Economic Growth", and will raise public awareness and support for the value, hence, the need for sustainable management of the region's fishing industry.

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Annotated Agenda

Information Note

Fishing with Data: Building Partnership for data and Information in Fisheries Management

Fishing with Data: Whats the Catch (Video)

Fishing with Data: The Information Net (Video)

Fishing with Data: Best Practices (Video)

The CARICOM Common Fisheries Policy and the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway: Connecting the Dots. Issue Paper #5 2014

Improving the Outlook for Caribbean Coral reefs (A Regional Plan of Action 2014 - 2019): Guiding Actions for Fisherfolks (Booklet)

Improving the Outlook for Caribbean Coral reefs (A Regional Plan of Action 2014 - 2019): Guiding Actions for Fisherfolks (Brochure)

Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish Management Plan: A Private Sector Brief

Sub-Regional Fisheries Management Plan of the Flyingfish in the Eastern Caribbean (Brochure)

Sub-Regional Fisheries Management Plan for Flyingfish in the EC

Efforts Implemented to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Caribbean. Issue Paper #6 2014

Sargassum Seaweed Invasion: What, Why and What can we do? (Brochure)

Sargassum Seaweed Invasion: What, Why and What can we do? (Communication Brief)

Value Chain Approaches in Fisheries Planning -

Opportunities and Challenges for Trade in Fish and Seafood. Issue Paper #4 2014

Lionfish Control and the Private Sector (Brochure)

Action Plan for Climate Change in the Fishing Industry (Brochure)

Draft Agreement on the Conservation Management and Sustainable Use of the Caribbean Spny Lobster (Panulirus Argus)

 A Review of the Methodologies used for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Spiny Lobster Stocks in the WECAFC Countries and the Development of a Common Methodology

 Study on the Potential of Fish Farming in the Caribbean

Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy

Aquaculture: An Opportunity for Economic Growth in the Caribbean (Newsletter)

What you need to know about Aquaculture! (Brochure)

NGO Petition could end Caribbean Conch Expert to the US (Newsletter)

Caribbean Nations look to Regional Agreement on Lobster (Newsletter)

10th EDF SPS Project: Support to the Caribbean Forum of ACP States in the Implementation of Commitments undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA): Sanitary & Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)

SPS Project - Description of the Action

SPS Project - Year 1 Plan of Action and Budget

SPS Project - Year 1 Plan of Action and Implementation Schedule

Petition to List the Nassau Grouper as Threatened or Endangered under the ESA

PowerPoint Presentation: Sustainable use, conservation and management  of fisheries resource - the Action Plan for Improving the Outlook for Caribbean Coral Reefs

 PowerPoint Presentation: Sustainable use, conservation and management  of fisheries resources: Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish & Nassau Grouper

PowerPoint: Draft Regional Declaration on the Conservation, Management and Sustainable Use of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus)

PowerPoint Presentation: Combating IUU - Status, Lessons Learned from Other Regions, Future Needs and Expectations

Aquaculture Review and Plan of Action - Lessons Learned and Recommendations

Terms of Reference for Blue Growth Consultant - Nassau Grouper Management Position Paper

Terms of Reference for Blue Growth Consultant - Development of Proposed Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy Plan of Action

Workshop on  Investing in Blue Growth - Working Group Report Template

Remarks by Milton Haughton, Executive Director at the Opening Ceremony of the Regional Fisheries Workshop promoting Blue Economic Growth

CRFM, in collaboration with UNU-FTP, convened a 3-day Workshop to review the status of statistics and information management, and to make recommendations for strengthening capacity for improved performance by CRFM States in the future. The Workshop brought together a group of national, regional and international fisheries experts, working on various aspects of statistics and information management.

Workshop discussions were informed by a number of working and reference documents, as well as oral presentations covering, inter alia: consideration of CRFM legal, policy and institutional framework; developments and performance of various CRFM and CRFM/UNU-FTP initiatives in statistics and information, including training courses, annual scientific meetings, CRFM technical working groups, and use of databases; the typical characteristsics of current national statistics and information systems; evolving demands in terms of management advice; data analysis options for limited data situations; and incorporation of ICT tools. 

 The first Sub-Regional Fisheries Management Plan for Flyingfish in the Eastern Caribbean was formally approved by the CRFM Ministerial Council in May 2014 and is now cleared for implementation by CRFM Member States. A consultative process will facilitate stakeholder involvement in all stages of implementation.  

The Sub-regional FMP was prepared through a consultative processes that included stakeholders at national and regional levels including public hearings, national and regional workshops and reviews by national Fisheries Advisory Committees (FACs). 

The Sub-regional FMP proposes the following:

  1. Development and implementation of national management plans for flyingfish fisheries, consistent with the sub-regional fisheries management plan, by the 2015/2016 flyingfish season, or as soon as is practically possible;
  2. Annual reporting by States on progress made in development and implementation of national fisheries management plans and submission of data in an agreed, standardized format, to the respective Secretariats;
  3. Establishment of an authorized national entry (license/permit) system for flyingfish fisheries, which enters into force for the flyingfish fisheries season 2015/2016, or as soon as is practically possible;
  4. Conduct of an assessment to estimate stock abundance of flyingfish  prior to any significant development in the fishery;
  5. Adoption of a precautionary sub-regional total annual catch trigger point of 5000 tonnes;
  6. Implementation of a precautionary sub-regional freeze on expansion of flyingfish fishing effort and/or fishing capacity applied to all authorised vessel types, should the agreed catch trigger point be realized, to be followed by reassessment of resource status and adaptive management;
  7. Strengthen current national data collection systems to facilitate improved assessment and management of the resource as well as monitoring and evaluation of implementation of national and sub-regional fisheries management plans.

The Sub-regional FMP also recognizes that overall management of the flyingfish fisheries needs to be improved by taking the following actions:

  1. improving and harmonizing data collection and analysis in the sub-region;
  2. prioritising the development of a protocol on improving and harmonizing fisheries management legislation, to address specifically flyingfish vessel licensing and registration systems in the sub-region;
  3. establishment of a sub-regional flyingfish catch and effort database[1] to be managed by the CRFM Secretariat;
  4. establishment of a sub-regional flyingfish vessel registry database[2] to be managed by the CRFM Secretariat;
  5. prioritising the development of a protocol on data and information sharing;
  6. national monitoring of catch levels in real time, and timely reporting to the CRFM Secretariat;
  1. formalizing the relationship between the CRFM and France to ensure France’s involvement in the management process as far as the flyingfish fishery in the EEZs of its Departments in the region are concerned;
  2. improved monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement mechanisms for flyingfish fisheries and ending IUU fishing;
  3.  implementing national programmes to build stakeholder awareness on the management measures to be implemented and related legislation and enforcement measures;
  4. institution of national training and public awareness programmes to strengthen fishers’ participation in the management process;
  5. national reporting to the CRFM or WECAFC, whichever is relevant, so as to inform updates to resource assessments, proposed management measures and amendment of the sub-regional FMP; and
  6. promotion of the principles and provisions enshrined in fisheries and related regional and  international agreements to which countries are signatory.

This management approach demonstrates the commitment of the CRFM and the Eastern Caribbean sub-region towards the conservation of their common or shared fisheries resources and related ecosystems for the long term sustainability of the resources and socio-economic benefit of the people of the region.

This updated Sub-regional FMP further proposes a number of studies, which aim to: (i) generate information about the flyingfish industry that is needed to attract investments in sustainable harvesting and value-addition of flyingfish; (ii) further understand the health of the marine ecosystem, which supports the flyingfish fishery; and (iii) facilitate development of operational objectives, indicators and reference points, in consultation with stakeholders, so as to effectively monitor and evaluate implementation of the FMP at the national and regional levels, according to the agreed management priorities. 

 

A copy of the Sub-Regional FMP may be downloaded by clicking the link highlighted above.

[1]This database is envisioned as a component of a broader regional database pertaining to shared fisheries resources in the region.

[2]This database is envisioned along similar lines as above.

 

The UK Overseas Territory Government of Montserrat’s Fisheries Division is leading the way in sustainable marine resource management by becoming the smallest coastal country in the Wider Caribbean to proactively embrace cutting edge Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) technology to support the management and protection of coastal and marine resources.

The ground-breaking initiative is being delivered by the Government of Montserrat (GoM) in partnership with Succorfish and will provide responsible and sustainable fisheries resource management, development and conservation within the local marine environment.

Succorfish VMS technology has been designed to allow small scale, 3-10m fishing vessels, like those operating in Montserrat, to accurately record, monitor and map their exact location to within two metres from every minute to every hour. It significantly enhances fisheries management activities by supporting legal frameworks for spatial planning, protecting areas of conservation by deterring Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and improving safety at sea for inshore and offshore fishing vessels. As well as allowing authorities like the Government of UK Overseas Territory of Montserrat to improve its fisheries data collection and information systems required for future policy, it also supports the 2011-2020 National Sustainable Development Plan that recognises the importance of maintaining healthy marine ecosystems as a foundation for socio-economic development in the future. This reiterates the need for effective governance structures and strategies to protect and conserve the biodiversity of natural resources.

The Government's Fisheries Division will join the EU Member Countries, USA, and Australia to implement VMS as part of their legal framework for fisheries resource management from July 2014.

Tom Rossiter, Head of Marine at Succorfish, commented, "This low-cost, cost effective inshore VMS system uses innovative mobile phone technology and offers a highly efficient and effective tool for Governments like Montserrat to plan responsible fisheries management. The data collected is invaluable and this project will form the foundation of a larger data collection programme that embraces next generation technology and engages other like-minded Governments in the Caribbean."

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), it will become necessary for fisheries management and fishing vessel operators to, in the future, promote the use of VMS as an instrument at national level and in cooperation with regional fishing authorities. This comprises one aspect of the FAO's activities to implement an International Plan of Action to prevent, deter or eliminate Illegal, Unreported or Unregulated fishing.

Given such regulations, once data from the GoM's initiative is delivered, it is hoped that Succorfish inshore VMS technology could become an integral management tool for Montserrat Marine Authorities as well as the wider Caribbean region.

Mr. Alwyn Ponteen, Chief Fisheries Officer for the Government of the UK Overseas Territory of Montserrat, added, "We are embarking upon a very exciting project and one that will allow Montserrat to meet its international and regional obligations in improving its fisheries management, accurate data collection and information sharing. As a result, at national level, the socio-economic benefit of fisheries will be recognised for its important contribution to food security and nutrition, livelihood, employment, trade and for monitoring future fisheries management."

 

 

A keelemenof the Caribbean region’s vulnerability to climate change is the threat to coral reef ecosystems. Regional Headof Government throughout the Caribbean have recognized thimportanrole that coral reefs play in national economies and their crucial contribution to sustainabldevelopment. Accordinglygovernments, regional leadersand coastal communities have begun to take measures to address thregion’s vulnerability and build resilience to climate change.

 

ThCoral ReePlan of Action provides a roadmap fonavigating the challengeof sustainably managing coral reefs to protect biological diversity while sustaining provisioof goods and services that these ecosystems providto the peoplof the Caribbean.

 

Thplan presents a set oobjectivefor improving the outloofor Caribbean reefs b2018. These are the result of regional consultations that identified thpriority needs expressed by regional leaders, stakeholders, officials and experts whtogether havaccumulated the experience required for tackling the issues faced in the sustainable management of Caribbean coral reefs. Thobjectives argrouped under four goals:

1.  Improve thhealth and resilience of Caribbean coral reefs

2Strengthen adaptive capacity of communities

3.  Build foundationfor national and regional action

4Advocate globally for stronger actionon climate change

 

 

Investment in achieving thgoals anobjectives in this plan will be furtheguided througdevelopmenof an associateimplementatioplan, and a prograomonitoringevaluation and reporting. With the supportof the Caribbean Community Climate ChangCentre,the Caribbean Regional FisherieMechanism will lead implementatioof this plan to ensure it has thbestchance obuilding the resilience ocoral reefs to the impacts of climate variability anchange in the Caribbean region.

 

This Coral ReePlan oAction is aligned with relevaninitiatives, sub-regional strategies anplans targeteat Caribbean coral reefs. These include the Caribbean Regional FisherieMechanism’s Climate Change Adaptation anDisaster RisManagement Strategy anActioPlan,th2012 Report Card for thMesoamerican Reef, anthStrategiActioProgramme for thSustainable Management of thShared  LivinMarine Resourceof the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystems anAdjacenRegions (CLME+SAP).

 

The Plan supports the vision articulated in the Liliendaal Declaration and contributes to strategic elements and goals elaborated in the Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change (Regional Framework) and its associated Implementation Plan (see Appendix 1). Through an integrated approach across these strategic initiatives, the Coral Reef Plan of Action will help build regional coordination and national commitment, motivate actions and stimulate much-needed support and investment from the international community in a coordinated effort to improve the outlook for Caribbean coral reefs.

 A keelemenof the Caribbean region’s vulnerability to climate change is the threat to coral reef ecosystems. Regional Headof Government throughout the Caribbean have recognized thimportanrole that coral reefs play in national economies and their crucial contribution to sustainabldevelopment. Accordinglygovernments, regional leadersand coastal communities have begun to take measures to address thregion’s vulnerability and build resilience to climate change.

ThCoral ReePlan of Action provides a roadmap fonavigating the challengeof sustainably managing coral reefs to protect biological diversity while sustaining provisioof goods and services that these ecosystems providto the peoplof the Caribbean.

 

Thplan presents a set oobjectivefor improving the outloofor Caribbean reefs b2018. These are the result of regional consultations that identified thpriority needs expressed by regional leaders, stakeholders, officials and experts whtogether havaccumulated the experience required for tackling the issues faced in the sustainable management of Caribbean coral reefs. Thobjectives argrouped under four goals:

1.  Improve thhealth and resilience of Caribbean coral reefs

2Strengthen adaptive capacity of communities

3.  Build foundationfor national and regional action

4Advocate globally for stronger actionon climate change

Investmentin achieving thgoals and objectives in this plan will be further guided through developmenof an associated implementatioplan, and a prograomonitoringevaluation and reporting. With the supportof the Caribbean Community Climate ChangCentre,the Caribbean Regional FisherieMechanism will lead implementatioof this plan to ensure it has thbestchance of building the resilience of coral reefs to the impacts of climate variability and change in the Caribbean region.

 

This Coral ReePlan oAction is aligned with relevaninitiatives, sub-regional strategies and plans targeted at Caribbean coral reefs. These include the Caribbean Regional FisherieMechanism’s Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster RisManagement Strategy and ActioPlan,the 2012 Report Card for thMesoamerican Reef, and thStrategic ActioProgramme for thSustainable Management of the Shared  LivinMarine Resourceof the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystems and AdjacenRegions (CLME+SAP).

 

The Plan supports thvision articulated in thLiliendaal Declaration and contributes to strategic elements and goals elaborated in thRegionaFramework for AchievinDevelopment Resilient to Climate Chang(Regional Framework) and its associated Implementation Plan (seAppendix1).Through an integrated approach across these strategic initiatives, thCoral ReePlan of Action will help build regional coordination and national commitmentmotivate actions and stimulatmuch-needed support and investment from the international community in a coordinated effort to improvthe outlook for Caribbean coral reefs.

 

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