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:
- Member States to integrate dedicated IYAFA activities in their programmes and promote the achievement of the objectives of the IYAFA 2022 celebrations. Particularly these activities should feature key actions for the region such as Gender equality and women empowerment in the SS fisheries and SS aquaculture sectors; strengthening the adaptive capacity of these sectors to Climate Change and other external shocks like the global pandemic.
- Partners to actively sign up as IYAFA supporters and organize initiatives and events.
- All (member states and partners) to advocate for and support the achievement of the ambitions for the International Year, to turn 21 November, which is currently celebrated informally as World Fisheries Day, into an official UN Day on Small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture, so that we can come together every year in the future to continue the celebrations.
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:
- Enhance global awareness about, understanding of, and action to support the contribution of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to sustainable development, and more specifically in relation to food security and nutrition, poverty eradication and the use of natural resources.
- Promote dialogue and collaboration between and among small-scale artisanal fishers, fish farmers, fish workers, governments, and other key partners along the value chain, as well as to further strengthen their capacity to enhance sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture and to enhance their social development and well-being.
You can learn more about IYAFA’s 2022 theme here: Global Action Plan