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Friday, 05 April 2019 10:09

Calendar of Events 2019

15 - 18 January  UF Sea Grant  Gainsville, Florida
21 - 24 January  LAC OA Symposium Santa Marta, Colombi
29 - 30 January Regional Consultation on an Effective Platform for CARIFORUM and French Caribbean Regions and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territiries Dialogue Barbados
5 - 7 February WECAFC Joint Working Group on Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD) (Postponed) Puerto Rico
5 - 7 February
UK Overseas Territories Coral Reef Initiative Workshop Anguilla
25 - 26 February CAF - CRFM  Blue Growth Workshop Barbados
26 - 27 February First National Stakeholder Workshop: Ocean-based sectors assessment and Selection Barbados
26 - 28 February Technology Solution for MPA and Fisheries Enforcement and Compliance - A Regional Forum Belize
28 February Launch of the National Trade Policy for Belize Belize City
6 - 7 March  Workshop to facilitate provisions of RPOA-IUU Barbados
8 March JICA-CRFM Workshop on CARIFICO Follow-up St. Lucia
13 March

CARICOM Videoconferencing in preparation for the Second Session of Inter-governmental Conference on BBNJ

Electronic Meeting
14 - 15 March Technical Stakeholder Workshop on New CCRIF Models Barbados
20-21 March 17th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum St. Kitts and Nevis
25 - 26 March

1st Preparatory Meeting for the Establishment of an RFMO in the WECAFC area

28 - 29 March 2-day Annual Project Steering Committee Meeting Barbados
8 - 12 April (week) Advisory Body of the UNDP / GEF CLME+ Project Cartagena, Colombia
9 - 11 April Regional Workshop on Fisheries Subsidies for Government Officials from Caribbean WTO Members and Observers Jamaica
11 - 12 April PEW - IISD Follow-up Fisheries Subsidies Meeting Jamaica
15 - 16 April Fourth Meeting of the Project Executive Group (PEG) for the UNDP / GEF CLME+ Project Miami
15 - 18 April IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Application Vienna
16 April

National Validation Workshop for the 6th National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity

St. Vincent and the Grenadines
16 - 17 April 

3rd Annual Regional Meeting of the CC4FISH Project Steering Committee 

30 April - 2 May Third Meeting of the WECAFC / IFREMER Working Group on Fisheries using Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) Isla Verde, United States
1 - 2 May PPCR Project Steering Committee Meeting Dominica
2 - 3 May  Informal Consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement- “Performance reviews of regional fisheries management organisations and arrangements” UN Headquarters, New York
13 - 14 May 5th Meeting of Global Record Working Group (GRWG5) Seoul, Korea
15 - 17 May 2nd Meeting of the PSMA Technical Working Group on Information Exchange (TWG-IE2) Seoul, Korea
22 - 24 May Regional Workshop on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator 2.a.1 - Agriculture Orientation Index for Government Expenditures  Guyana
3 - 6 June 2nd Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on Port State Measures Agreement to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU Fisheries   
7 June 3rd Meeting of the Part 6 Working Group  
June (tentative) 13th Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council  St. Kitts and Nevis
July Meeting of CARICOM Secretary general and Heads of CARICOM Institutions Guyana
15-18 July WECAFC 17th Commission Meeting Miami
23-24 July 10th CARICOM - United Nations General Meeting Guyana
5-8 August (Tentative) 2nd CLME+ PPCM Meeting    
September (Tentative) Norway - UNU / FTP Data collection planning workshop Iceland
October (Tentative) 2nd CRFM - OSPESCA  
23 - 25 October 4th Meeting of the Joint FAO / IMO Ad Hoc Working Group on IUU fishing and related matters   

PPCR Project Steering Committee Meeting

 CRFM Fisheries Data and Information Access Point (CLICK HERE)

The overall purpose of this database is to enable access to documents (Word, PDF, etc.) and datasets (MS Access, dBase, Excel, and other Spreadsheets etc.); serving both as a data repository and bibliographic database. This database is managed by the CKAN platform and only supports data storage and search (CKAN is not a reporting system); notwithstanding that, it has a small module for data visualization

 In this database, an “Organization” is a group of users (e.g., national fisheries departments and organisations, which upload data and information), with different permissions to interact with the platform; while “Group” refers to a collection of datasets that are related (such as species-specific data, national overview data, bibliographic documents on a particular topic/species).

The Data repository attributes of the Database allow users to upload datasets and documents. This means that the different systems used by the Member States (i.e. Excel spreadsheet, or Access databases) can be found through queries and examined and relevant data can be downloaded, including subsets of the datasets. This system also allows older data formats (FoxPro, lotus, dBase etc.) to be uploaded and used as well.

People can inspect and examine the datasets, make standard analyses (according to the tools and attributes software associated with the dataset) from within the database. Alternatively, the datasets can be downloaded, and more extensive analyses can be made by combining or integrating the downloaded datasets.

Datasets within the database, and documents stored in the database can also be accessed through online searches (google, yahoo, etc.) depending if the document or database is made “public” by the owner.


Wednesday, 08 August 2018 14:23

Preliminary List of Meetings 2018

17 - 19 January    Implementing and Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals in the Caribbean: the Role of the Ocean St. Vincent and the Grenadies
30 – 31 January CLME+ SAP Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators Workshop Cartagena, Colombia
1 – 2 February CLME+ State of the Marine Environment and Associated Economies (SOMEE) Reporting Mechanism Workshop Cartagena, Colombia
January Civil Society Action Programme (CSAP) Trinidad and Tobago
February 30th Executive Committee of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum TBD
26 February - 1 March Planning Meeting – Training Workshop on Value Chain Approach in Fisheries Iceland
5 - 8 March Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (LARC) Montego Bay, Jamaica
5 - 23 March International Seabed Authority, Legal and Technical Committee  Jamaica
 12 - 14 March  BBNJ Workshop - Marine Genetic Resources and Regional Ocean Management  Jamaica
 13 – 15 March  Small Grants Coordination Mechanism (SGCM)  Barbados
 13-14 March  Billfish Project Steering Committee (13 March) & 5th CBMC Meeting (14 March)  Miami
 14 March  5th Meeting of CBMC  
 19 - 20 March  2nd Meeting of the "Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector Project" (CC4FISH)  Grenada
 21 - 23 March  Joint CRFM-OSPESCA-WECAFC FAC Spiny Lobster Working Group Meeting &  Fisheries ICM Meeting  Dominican Republic
 27-29 March  2nd Meeting of the CFMC / WECAFC / OSPESCA / CRFM Working Group on Spawning Aggregations  Miami
 March  Regional training on application of the EAF TBD 
 April  2nd Meeting of the WECAFC / CRFM / IFREMER Working Group on Shrimp and Groundfish  TBD
 10-13 April  2nd meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies on Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets  Seoul, Republic of Korea
 16 – 17 April  16th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum  Montserrat
 18 April  CRFM Protocol on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture  Montserrat
 16 - 18 April  Intergovernmental Conference on an International legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, Organizational Session  New York
 2 - 4 May  Sargassum and Oil Spills Monitoring Pilot Project for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions Workshop  Mexico City
 May  5th Meeting of the WECAFC / OSPESCA / CRFM / CFMC Working Group on FAD fisheries  Miami
 14 May  Meeting of SG and Heads of Institutions  Guyana
15 - 17 May 1st Meeting of the WECAFC Fisheries Data and Statistics Working Group Barbados
18 May 12th Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council Montserrat
20 - 30 May CRFM/FAO Fisheries Study Tour Barbados, Grenada and Dominica
22 - 24 May 2nd Fisheries Value Chain Workshop Trinidad and Tobago
23 May - 20 July IOI Training Programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management Canada
Mid-May Aquaculture Value Chain Development Workshop Barbados
11 - 14 June Workshop on Subsidies to fishing on overfished stocks Geneva
11 - 14 June States parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Twenty-eighth meeting New York
14 - 15 June CARICOM Workshop for the Development of a Regional Biodiversity Strategy for the Caribbean Community Georgetown, Guyana
18 - 20 June

2nd UNDP-GEF CLME+ Project Steering Committee Meeting1st CLME+ Partnership Forum

18 - 22 June Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, Nineteenth Meeting New York
27 June Regional Consultation on WTO Subsidies negotiations Virtual
2 - 20 July Lecture at and serve as Chief Facilitator for RSS Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction Course Barbados
2 - 27 July International Seabed Authority, Assembly, Twenty-fourth session Kingston, Jamaica
2 - 3 July Regional Implementation of the Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment and the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Barbados
4 - 6 July Meeting of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries Barbados
4 - 6 July 39th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM Montego Bay, Jamaica
5 - 6 July IAEA Meeting and preparatory meeting Antigua and Barbuda
7 - 8 July Meeting of Heads of RFB Rome
9 - 13 July FAO COFI Meeting Rome
11 - 12 July PPCR Project Steering Committee Meeting Grenada
16 - 17 July Pre-Technical Workshops (16-17 July 2018) & Fourth Technical Meeting to the Pollution Protocol-4th LBS STAC Panama
24 July 31st Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Forum Virtual
3 August 4th Meeting of the Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Cluster Electronic Meeting
6 - 10 August CARICOM / IAEA Workshop: ‘Contribution of Nuclear Science and Technology to Building Climate Resilience in the Caribbean Vienna
6 August Regional Partnership Dialogue for the Caribbean San Pedro, Belize
7 - 9 August Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Mid Term Review of the SAMOA Pathway San Pedro, Belize
14 August Consultation Workshop: “Enhancing Coastal Protection for Climate Change Resilience” Belmopan City, Belize
15 - 17 August Fifth Meeting of the CLME+ SAP Interim Coordination Mechanism Miami
August / September 32nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum Virtual
4 - 17 September Intergovernmental Conference on an International legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, First session New York
10 - 14 September 67th International IWC Meeting Brazil
13 - 14 September Inception Workshop of project: Developing Organizational Capacity for Ecosystem Stewardship and Livelihoods in Caribbean Small-Scale Fisheries Barbados
18 - 19 September Regional PPCR Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop IV Barbados
26 - 28 September 3rd Meeting of the Joint CRFM / WECAFC / OSPESCA Regional Working Group on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (RWG-IUU) Barbados
25 - 26 September First Country Consultation to discuss Permanent Policy Coordination Mechanism (PPCM) and Sustainable Financing Plan (SFP) options for CLME+ Project and Strategic Action Programme (SAP) Cartagena, Colombia
September 2018 - March 2019 United Nations University - Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) Six-month Fellowships Iceland
1 - 2 October Joint CRFM / WECAFC Flyingfish Working Group Meeting / CLME+ Sub-project Regional Workshop Barbados
1 - 5 October Meeting of the ICCAT Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) Madrid, Spain
3 - 5 October Regional Workshop on Fish and Fisheries Products Trade in the Caribbean Barbados
8 - 12 October Caribbean Week of Agriculture Barbados
11 October 8th Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council Barbados
12 October COTED (Agriculture) Barbados
15 - 16 October Fish CRIME 2018 Symposium  Denmark
16 - 17 October ACP Fisheries Meeting Brussels
25 - 26 October CAF Sponsored Regional Workshop to develop Proposal to Address SDG 14 targets TBD
30 October - 1 November 3rd Meeting of the WECAFC / CRFM / OSPESCA / CFMC Working Group on Queen Conch Panama
5 - 7 November International Conference of Women in Fisheries Santiago de Compostela, Spain
5 - 9 November 71st Annual Conference of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI 71) San Andres, Colombia
12 - 19 November 21st Special Meeting of the ICCAT Commission Dubrovnik, Croatia
19 - 21 November Sixth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF VI) Placencia, Belize
November Joint Steering Committee Meeting (EBM and Shrimp & Fish sub-projects of CLME+) TBD
November UNEP CEP Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Cartagena Convention, SPAW (Biodiversity) and LBS (Pollution) Protocols TBD
November FAO Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) Meeting Miami
 26-28 November  High Level Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy  Nairobi, Kenya
 29 November  CARIFORUM - EU Special Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries  Barbados
 3-4 December  Regional Workshop on Development on the "State of the Marine Ecosystem and Shared Living Marine Resources in CLME+  Panama

The Report presents the outputs and the critical recommendations for the way forward for fisheries co-management emerging from the CARICOM countries during the Regional CRFM / CARIFICO Seminar held in Saint Lucia from 30 November to 1 December 2017. It captures the achievements of the six target countries over the 5 years of the CARIFICO Project implemented by the National Fisheries Authorities in collaboration with fishers, and supported by JICA experts, CRFM and other regional partners. 

Click here for the entire Report.

 More than 30 male and female fishers from St Vincent and the Grenadines were introduced to a new Fisheries Early Warning and Emergency Response (FEWER) System at a workshop held at the Fisheries Division in St Vincent and the Grenadines on March 8.

Using an application for mobile phones, fishers are able to receive early warnings of risky weather and sea conditions and are able to share their information about local conditions and missing persons under FEWER. Besides training in the use of FEWER, participants also received valuable tips about caring for and using their phones.

“This workshop gave good information and the app is good because it helps pass on information easier to fishers, especially since a lot of persons go to sea and don’t take the time check on information about the weather conditions,” says Raoul Lewis, a fisherman based in Callaquia, St Vincent.

The ICT-based early warning system is expected to reduce fisher folks’ vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. FEWER has been developed under the Regional Track of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in the Caribbean, with co-implementer the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).  The programme is funded by the Climate Investment Funds through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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The Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), in collaboration with the Regional Biosafety Project managed by the University of the West Indies (UWI), is seeking to engage a consultant to review all existing (draft/passed) Biosafety Legislation in CARICOM Member States to assess their coherence with the regional biosafety policy. Based on the results, an appropriate model for the Region will be proposed/recommended.

Expressions of interest must be submitted in English and electronically by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copied to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in pdf format no later than 16:00 h Eastern Caribbean Time on Friday February 10, 2018

Please click here  for further details.

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified individuals to fill the position of CLME+ Communication Specialist with assigned duty station in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia where he / she will work with CLME+ Project Coordination Unit.

Experession of interest in English Language, with full curriculum details, including nationality, work experience, educational qualifications, summary of professional skills and / or expertise, list of professional publications, coordinates (including telephone  and 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 Executive Director, CRFM Secretariat, Belize City, Belize, and sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Attachments: 1) The Staff Vacancy Announcement; and 2) Terms of Reference for the Communication Specialist.

The deadline for submission applications is Wednesday, 22 November 2017.

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