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Tuesday, 01 March 2022 11:35

Preliminary List of Meetings 2022

   DATE                    EVENT
7 January SPS Planning Meeting with Nexus Consultants
12 - 13 January CRLG RBM and OME Traoning 
17 January Regional Agriculture Planning Meeting
18 January CANARI / CRFM Meeting re IUU Proposal
18 January FAO / FIRMS Meeting
18 January Launch of the Digitaal Agri Hub in Latin America and the Caribbean
19 January CRLG RBM and OME Training
20 January CRLG RBM and OME Training
25 January CC4FISH and StewardFish Terminal Evaluations
26 January CRLG RBM and ME Training
26 January 11th EDF SPS Planning Meeting
27 January CRLG RBM and ME Training
2 February Caribbean Virtual Safety at Sea Refresher Course
2-3 February CRLG RBM and ME Training
3 February IUUF - TRADEWINDS Mid Planning Conference
4 February Review of CARICOM Community Institutionss Introductory Meeting
7 February SPS Fisheries Capacity Building Update Meeting
8 February Statistics and Firms Template: review of contributions, Q/A, identification of challenges and issues
9 February Ocean Country Partnership Programme Stakeholder (OCPP) Launch Workshop
9 February Grenada Fisheries and Climate Change Workshop
9 February CRLG RBM / MEAL Training Course
9 - 11 February One Ocean Summit
10 February FAO / FIRMS
10 February Stewardfish Final Evaluation - preliminary findings and recommendations
11 February Business Development Thematic Group
11 February CRFM Executive Committee Meeting
14 - 16 February International Ocean Data Conference 2022 - The Data we need for the Ocean
14 - 16 February Fourth Meeting of the Working Group on Fisheries using Moored Fish Aggregating Devices
15 February BBNJ Briefing for CARICOM GEF Focal Point
15 - 18 February World Maritime University IUU Fishing (CAPFISH) Workshop
16 February COASTFISH Meeting
17 - 18 February Course 1: Training under 11th EDF Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
17 February Neeting with CRFM and CNFO
23 February SPS Project - Coordination Consultancy Validation Workshop for "Roadmap"
23-25 February Caribbean Forum on Maritime Crime
25 February AHFS Thematic Group Meeting
28 February - 1 March Thirty-Third Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community
28 February ACP IUU Seminar
1 March Coordination Call - SOI Regional OECM Workshop
2 March Coordination Call - SOI Regional OECM Workshop
3 March Coordination Call - SOI Regional OECM Workshop
3 March Strengthening Regional Coordination Framework for the Fisheries Sector Roadmap Validation Workshop
4 March Visit of Deputy Secretary General to CRFM
4 March Business Development Thematic Group
7 - 9 March The Fifth Meeting of the Forum of Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development
9 March FISHCOM WG Meeting
10 March WECAFC / CRFM / OSPESCA Fishery Data and Statistics Working Group (FDS - WG) Conclusion Meeting 
10 March 11th EDF SPS ROM Interview
16 or 17 March Technical Workshop on IUU & Organizational Crime
21 - 25 March Tradewinds Exercise in Belize
22 March World Water Day
22 - 23 March 20th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum
21-25 March TRADEWINDS Exercise in Belize
23 - 24 March 20th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum
5 - 8 April 6th ACP Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture
12 April SID Global Business Network Forum
20 - 21 April Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for the Wider Caribbean and Central American on other effective Area-based Conservation Measures in the Marine Fishery Sector
22 or 25 April 16th CRFM Ministerial Council
27 - 28 April Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building
  Meeting of Official Preparatory to the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of th Council for Foreign and Community Relation (COFCOR)
  Meeting of the Community Coucil of Ministers
  Meeting of Official Preparatory to the Fifty-Fourth Regular Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)
   Fifty-Fourth Regular Meeting of the the Council for Trade and Economic Developmet (COTED)
 26 - 29 July 2022  Eighteenth Plenary Session of WECAFC
 22 - 24 August  Introductory-Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction Course
  Enhancing Economic Recovery
  Promoting Social Resilience and Advancing Citizen Wellbeing
  Sixteenth Special Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (CFCOR) and Meeting in the Margin of the UNGA
5 - 9 September Thirty-Fifth Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI 36)
12 - 30 September Advanced-Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction Course
Oct during CWA 11th Special CRFM Ministerial Council
Nov Meeting of the Community Council of Minister
Nov Meeting of Official Preparatory to the Fifty-fifth Regular Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)
Nov Fifty-fifth Regular Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)
   

 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

 

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 14:51

SHORT TERM VACANCY - PROJECT COORDINATOR

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified Belizean nationals to fill the position of PROJECT CORDINATOR – Sargassum Products for Climate Resilience Project in the Caribbean, in the office of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Secretariat, Belize City, Belize. The contract period will run from 19 April 2021 to 19 August 2021.

Full details of the position may be obtained by accessing the following website - www.crfm.int or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Applications in English Language with full curriculum details, including nationality, work experience, educational qualifications, summary of professional skills and/or expertise, coordinates (including e-mail addresses) of two referees (who must be familiar with the applicant’s work), and other relevant information, should be addressed to the Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (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. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 9 April 2021.

Thursday, 18 February 2021 12:38

Preliminary List of Meeting 2021

Date Events
JANUARY  
14 January 2nd Meeting of Secretary-General, Heads of CARICOM Institutions and CARICOM Ambassadors
21 - 22 January StewardFish Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) Training Workshop
21 January Japan Informal Sustainable Use Dialogue (7.00-9.00am BZ
25 January Regional ProDoc Validation Workshop BE: CLME+Project
26 January PSC Meeting of CC4FISH (8:30 - 11:00am B’dos time)
27 January Barbados Sargassum Adaptive Management Strategy (SAMS) (9:15 AM – 12:00 NOON EC)
27 January

Training sessions in use of the CRFM Data Portal 

28 January Senior Managers’ Committee Meeting
29 January

Training sessions in use of the CRFM Data Portal

 FEBRUARY   
 1 - 5 February  FAO COFI
 5 February  

CRFM Technical Team Meeting 

 8 February  Emergency Ad hoc Technical Meeting to discuss the compilation of comments of the G77 and China on the zero draft of the negotiating text for UNCTAD XV
 10 - 12 February  Ad hoc Technical Expert Group Meeting to provide advice to CARICOM negotiators in Geneva on the Chair's Draft Negotiating text ahead of UNCTAD 15 Conference (Expert level)
 11 February  IAEA Extraordinary Meeting of the SAGNA
 11 February  Regional briefing meeting in preparation for Subsidiary Body of Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) 24
 12 February Coastfish Project - Antigua and Barbuda Preliminary Planning Meeting
 12 February Meeting with BFCA/CNFO/lawyer to discuss legal case BFCA v Gov BZE challenging gillnet ban
 16 February  Session 1 - 10th CLME+ SAP ICM Meeting  
 18 February  Session 2 - 10th CLME+ SAP ICM Meeting
 18 February  Ad hoc Technical Expert Group Meeting to provide advice to CARICOM negotiators in Geneva on the Chair's Draft Negotiating text ahead of UNCTAD 15 Conference - Review the outcome of the expert-level review (Ambassadors Meeting) 
 19 February  3rd Special Meeting of the Executive Committee
19 February

CARICOM Preparatory Meeting, ahead of the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Special Virtual Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting 

22 - 26 February Ad hoc Technical Expert Group Meeting to provide advice to CARICOM negotiators in Geneva on the Chair's Draft Negotiating text ahead of UNCTAD 15 Conference - First reading of the draft negotiating tex
23 - 25 February Third and final regular CLME+ Project Steering Committee Meeting
24 -25 February Eighth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats’ Network
26 February UNRCO Kick-Off Workshop for the formulation and design of the Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework 2022-2026 (MSDF II)
MARCH  

1 March

Meeting with UN Consultant (Regional Cooperation Framework)
3 March Sargassum Products Virtual Training Workshop (1.00 -3.30 pm BZ/ 2.00-4.30 JAM/ 3.00 -5.30 EC)
5 March 36th Meeting of the Executive Committee
11 March Eighth Meeting of Senior Officials on the Negotiations of Fisheries Subsidies in the World Trade Organization (WTO)
18 March Resource Mobilization Committee Meeting
29 - 31 March 22nd Annual SAGNA meeting
APRIL  
15 - 16 April 19th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

On 4 December 2020, CRFM’s Continental Shelf Fisheries Working Group (CSWG), supported by over 20 national, regional and international fisheries experts, commended both Guyana and Suriname for their organized approaches to sustainable management of the countries’ Atlantic seabob (shrimp) trawl fisheries. These seabob trawl fisheries are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which recognizes good standards in fisheries management practices. The MSC label gives Guyana’s and Suriname’s seabob products the competitive edge on the international market!

The regional peer expert group reviewed the progress made on management plans, with special attention being given to how the countries were addressing MSC conditions and recommendations, and piloting agreed new harvest control rules adopted in 2019. The countries were also commended for their active engagement with private sector partners for management cooperation, and with the regional and international NGO and donor communities for research support.

A strong commendation came from the National Coordinator for the REBYC-II LAC[1] project in Suriname, Dr. Tomas Willems. Willems remarked that “It is great to see Suriname and Guyana working together on the management of their seabob fisheries, exchanging information and lessons learned, and jointly tackling research and stock assessment. Assuming that stocks of many more species are potentially shared among the countries of the Guianas - North-Brazil shelf, the seabob fishery provides an important example of how cross-border collaboration can look like in practice.

During the review of 4 December, both Suriname and Guyana, were able to demonstrate well organized plans and approaches for guiding their seabob trawl fishery management activities. The two countries did highlight some delays and disruptions to their activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The industry pointed out that the pandemic had affected its operations as well. The Working Group meeting heard that Suriname had to extend the pilot trial period for the harvest control rule to allow for more comprehensive evaluation of performance of the rule through the natural fluctuations of catches through time, that is, through both low and high seabob production months. Notwithstanding, the pilot trials had allowed Suriname to adjust and refine its systems and procedures for data and information management to cope with the monthly monitoring of catch rates and estimations of the harvest control rule index. The outputs were then used to determine if and by how much the industry would have to adjust its fishing effort levels over time. Guyana had not yet begun pilot trials of its harvest control rule, but indicated that such trials would begin in 2021.

During the review, some key issues of concern were raised in respect of the harvest control rule application and of the catch rate data. If the harvest control rule required industry adjustment actions, the time lag for action was 2 months, but the industry indicated that this time lag may in fact be too long. The Working Group recalled that the best available data and science were applied to the 2019 assessments, and also recalled that its 2019 meeting had identified certain additional data and information, which if made available, could help to improve the quality of the catch rate estimation and, in turn, the quality of seabob assessment results and associated harvest control rules.

In conclusion, the Working Group commended the countries for their planning, monitoring, and reporting efforts, and for the completed harvest control rule trials. The Working Group also agreed to convene a meeting early in 2021, which would devote attention to data and information improvements for the next full seabob stock assessment.

The Continental Shelf Working Group Meeting was chaired by CRFM’s Deputy Executive Director, Susan Singh-Renton. Singh-Renton noted that “In 2019, the CRFM responded to a request by both Guyana and Suriname for regional coordination and peer review of scientific assessments of the seabob shrimp stocks fished by their trawl fisheries. The scientific assessments were successfully facilitated by CRFM’s Continental Shelf Fisheries Working Group, which then also agreed to keep under review the implementation of agreed inter-sessional activities, and this work is ongoing. The inter-sessional activities have been planned to ensure that all the MSC conditions and recommendations are fully met”.

Photo Caption: Seabob trawler operating off the coast of Suriname (Photo Credit: Tomas Willems, National Coordinator for the REBYC-II LAC project in Suriname)

Click here to download a copy of the Press Release

 


[1] REBYC-II LAC project is the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation supported Project entitled, “Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries”

 

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