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St. George’s, Grenada, 13 May 2015 (CRFM): Fisheries Ministers from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are expected to sign off on the Declaration on Spiny Lobster by way of a resolution, when they convene the 9th Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the CRFM on Friday, 15 May 2015 at Flamboyant Hotel in St. George's, Grenada.

The non-binding declaration establishes a roadmap for closer cooperation among the 17 CARICOM/CRFM States to ensure long-term conservation and sustainable use of the lobster resources.

The Ministerial Council meeting is scheduled to open at 9:00 a.m. The feature address will be delivered by Honourable Roland Bhola, Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Grenada, who will assume the chairmanship of the Council on the occasion of the meeting from Honourable Johnson Drigo, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dominica.

Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the CRFM Secretariat in Belize, said: “This is another important policy-level meeting of the CRFM Member States as they seek to strengthen cooperative arrangements, to realize the full development potential of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the region.

“Our vision and long-term goal is to transform the region’s fisheries and aquaculture into sustainable systems, in order to optimize the sector’s contribution to food and nutritional security, improved livelihoods and wealth generation, through the application of science and technology, good governance, and inclusive, sustainable development strategies.”

When they meet this Friday, the Caribbean Fisheries Ministers will be reviewing the progress being made in the implementation of existing policy instruments and programs. In charting the way forward, they will also make decisions on the next steps in the transformation process.

High on their agenda will be the endorsement of the process now underway to develop the Plan of Action to facilitate the implementation of the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP).

The Fisheries Ministers will also discuss an initiative recently announced by the Government of the United States during the Caribbean Energy Summit on climate risk insurance for the Caribbean fisheries sector. This is in line with efforts to achieve Climate Smart Food Security (CSFS) using a Risk Insurance Facility (RIF).

The Ministerial Council will finally receive a full report on the outcome and recommendations of the 13th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, held in St. George’s, Grenada at the end of March this year.

The Ministerial Council of the CRFM is the arm of the CRFM which has primary responsibility for determining the policies of the organisation, resource allocation, cooperative agreements, and related decision-making.


Published in Press release
Monday, 18 March 2013 22:12


Quick Facts:

  • % Contribution to GDP: 1.83 (1994)
  • Fishing Area: EEZ (7700 km2); Shelf (900 km2)./li>
  • Fishermen: 1240 (about 82.3% full-time)
  • Fishing Fleet: The largest percentage (12.3%) of registered vessels operate out of Grenville and Gouyave (10.5%) and Petite Martinique (8.4%).
  • Landing sites: 29 on Grenada, 10 on the Grenadines
  • Fish Imports: 577 MT/1.9US $ M (1994)
  • Fish Exports: 477 MT/3.1 US$ M (1993)
  • Fish vendors/hawkers: 50
  • Fish processors: 5
  • Importers: None Reported
  • Exporters: 4 Major
  • Subsidies: Up to 100% on marine fuel, boats, engines, fishing gear and other related supplies. To qualify for subsidies a vessel must exceed a minimum value for its landings by commercial fishermen.


  1. Fisheries complexes with docking, processing, marketing and gear storage facilities are strategically located in various ports around Grenada. The majority of the catch is sold to vendors and fish exporters. Fish exports (particularly of yellowfin tuna) are increasing due to greater availability of ice and cold storage facilities and improvements in quality control procedures. Most fish caught in Grenada (especially from Petite Martinique) is transported to Martinique using trading vessels.
  2. Fish exports increased by 3.9% from 1993 to 1994, notwithstanding the fact that landings decreased 26% over the same period. On the average, tunas remain the main export item for Grenada, increasing from 50.3% to 68.8% by value between 1993 and 1994. Sea urchins contributed some 9.3% to the value of exports, becoming the second most profitable marine product.
  3. Cod represents 29.5% of total fish and fish products.

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