The CRFM is seeking a suitably qualified Belizean to serve as PROJECT ASSISTANT for the Sargassum Products for Climate Resilience Project.

The Project Assistant will play a strong supporting role to the Executive Director in the planning, management, implementation, scheduling, monitoring, coordinating activities and reporting on the project. While he/she will constantly seek advice and direction from the Executive Director and Programme Manager, Fisheries Management and Development, he/she must have the knowledge, skills and maturity to work independently to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Duties and responsibilities include:

• Help to coordinate involvement of project team members, partner organizations, Member States and other service providers to achieve project objectives;

• Monitor and ensure effective collaboration, consultation and exchange of information and good communication among project partners, stakeholders and collaborators;

• Prepare and manage progress reports, schedules, and financial reports and budgets;

• Help with preparation of contracts and monitors progress of consultants and stakeholders involved in project implementation;

• Carry out administrative duties by collecting data, sorting, filing and sending out project information to project partners, stakeholders in the countries and collaborators.

Application deadline: 15 December 2023

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Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Milton Haughton, was the keynote speaker on Thursday, June 29, at the awards ceremony for outstanding fishers in Belize.


The event was organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society along with the CRFM and other NGO partners and the Belize Fisheries Department, as the climax to a month-long observance in celebration of fisherfolk in Belize.


The outstanding fishers were LeoBihildo Tamai – Fisher of the Year for 2017, a career fisher of 30 years who lives in Sarteneja Village in Corozal, northern Belize; Dale Fairweather – a deep sea and lobster fisher of southern Belize; and Eleodoro Martinez, Jr., a fisher of Chunux, also located in Corozal.




“Fisherfolk and fisheries have always been a very important part of Caribbean culture, social life and economies,” Haughton said.


He added that not only do the fisheries produce provide very important sources of food and nutrition; but the sector is also an important source of foreign exchange earnings, employment and livelihood opportunities, particularly for the poor and vulnerable members of society.


“But the livelihoods of fishers, the safety of their communities in the coastal areas, and continued enjoyment of the benefits from the seas and oceans are threatened by climate change, sea level rise, and ocean acidification, among many other challenges,” the CRFM Executive Director said.


For this reason, he added, the theme selected by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation for fisherfolk day 2017 is “Fisheries: contributing to food security in a changing climate.”


“The future we want in the Caribbean is one where fisheries are sustainable, resilient and productive, and are used in a way that promotes economic growth, food security and health, and the prosperity of our people now and in the future,” he asserted, adding that in order to realize the envisioned future, more importance needs to be given to evidence-based decision-making, in order to improve our understanding of the impacts of climate change. This would, in turn, help the region develop adaptation strategies to protect our communities and natural resources.


He warned, though, that, “Lack of appropriate action on climate change today will certainly undermine the achievement of this vision and make the world our children inherit a much more unproductive, insecure and difficult place than we are living in today.”



The region is also grappling with emerging challenges which confront the sector, including the more recent phenomenon of massive quantities of sargassum seaweed in the coastal water.


Haughton said that the sargassum seaweed is returning, and reports are that it is already affecting the Eastern Caribbean.

Published in CRFM News
Friday, 06 December 2013 20:09

Belize Conch Reports







2013       Final Queen conch technical Document for NOAA Fisheries Dec 2013

Published in Belize Conch Reports
Monday, 18 March 2013 22:08


Quick Facts:

  • % Contribution to GDP: 7.2 (2001)
  • Fishing Area: EEZ (169840 km2); Shelf (9800 km2)
  • Fishermen: 3000-4000 (about 60% belong to fishermen's cooperatives)
  • Landing sites: 11
  • Fish Imports: 75 MT/0.096 US $ M (2001)
  • Fish Exports: 518 MT/9.0 US$ M (2001)
  • Fish vendors/hawkers: 50
  • Fish processors: 2 (Northern and National Fishermen's Cooperatives)
  • Importers: 3 or 4 (Est.)
  • Exporters: 10


  1. The shelf area is a complex system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the Atlantic (220 m in length), three offshore atolls- (Lighthouse Reef which contains the Blue Hole, the Turneffe Islands and Glovers Reef), patch reefs, seagrass beds, several hundred cayes of sand and mangrove, extensive mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. Total area fished is estimated to be about 4700 km2 within a depth range of 1.5-10 m2.
  2. Note: The composition of the fishing fleet refers to active commercial fishing vessels, as opposed to subsistence fishing. Open boats are made of either wood or fibreglass, 4.3-7.6 m in length, propelled by outboard engines primarily for lobster trapping. Sloops are mostly wooden vessels up to 10 m in length, equipped with sails and smaller auxiliary outboard engines primarily for free diving for lobster, conch and occasionally finfish. Large dug-out canoes are used in southern regions, and are equipped with small engines and oars, primarily for fishing finfish using handlines or nets. Foreign shrimp trawlers of the standard Mexican Gulf type operate as joint ventures with fishing cooperatives.
  3. Major landing sites (from North to South) are located at Corozal Town, Belize City, San Pedro on Ambergris Cay, Caye Caulker, Danriga, Placencia and Punta Gorda.
  4. Shrimp mariculture accounted for approximately US$6.0 M and 2,000 MT in 1995 which was more than the total landed value of all fisheries combined.  

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