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Sherlene Audinett

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:19

Training Needs Assessment Survey

CRFM is conducting a training needs assessment among the fisheries administrations in its Member States.  This questionnaire is for Chief Fisheries Officers or the acting head of the fisheries.  

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:36

Preliminary List of Events

Date Event Location
1-3 May Visit of Prof Gullett- Public Lecturer- maritime boundary deligation Belize City
May ACP Fish II Development of Fisheries Act- The Bahamas The Bahamas
17-18 May Summit of Caribbean Political and Business Leaders- TNC British Virgin Island
20-24 May FAO Technical Consultation of SSF Rome
22 May to 19 July IOI Training Programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management Delhousie University, Halifax, Canada
29-31 May Regional Workshop on Climate Services Trinidad & Tobago
31 May Seventh Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Meeting Barbados
3-5 June  FAO Fisheries Co-anagement Workshop  St. Kitts and Nevis
3-7 June Caribbean Studies Association Environment and Sustainability Strand for CSA Annual Conference in Grenada, 3-7 June. (Nicholas Watts, London) Grenada
6-8 June ACP Fish II Regional Validation Workshop on Conch Assessment St. Vincent
10-14 June Annual Scientific Meeting St. Vincent
11-13 June Kick-off Meeting for the Inter-LME-DIMG Data and Information Management Working Group Buenas Aires, Argentina
17-18 June OECS SPS Workshop St. Kitts/Nevis St. Kitts & Nevis
20-21 June OECS SPS Workshop St. Kitts/Nevis Grenada
19-21 June FAO Regional Awareness Workshop on Voluntary Guideline for Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries Forestry Guyana
 13 June ACP Fish II National Validation Workshop on Fisheries Management Plans  Guyana
 27 June ACP Fish II National Validation Workshop on Fisheries Management Plans  Suriname
3 July ACP Policy Briefing (topic Aquaculture Brussels
2 - 4 July Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States Jamaica
5 & 8 July ACP Fish II National Validation Workshop on Fisheries Management Plan Trinidad and Tobago
10 - 11 July Workshop on First Ciguatoxic Risk Assessment in Lionfish (Pterois volitans) in the Guadeloupean archipelago and Commercial Prefiguration in the FWI Guadeloupe
16 July 16th CARICOM-Japan Consultation Guyana
17-26 July Inception Mission of Key Experts on CFP Awareness Programme Belize
22 - 23 July 7th CARICOM-United Nations General Meeting New York
29 July SG Heads of CARICOM Institutions Meeting Guyana
30-31 July 5th Meeting of the Consultative Committee on Technical Cooperation and 3rd High Level Forum on Donor Coordination Guyana
July ACP Fish II Update fisheries regulations - Belize  Belize
August CRFM/WECAFC Working Group on Flyfish (electronic meeting)  
6-25 August ACP Fish II Queen Conch Visual Survey Training Workshop St. Vincent and the Grenadines
13-16 August ACP Fish II Expert Working Group on MCS Belize
19-22 August Inception Workshop of the Caribbean Fisherfolk Action Learning Group T&T
August 29 - 30  Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics Workshop Chile
 August 31 Caribbean and Latin American Aquaculture Chile
August CRFM/WECAFC Working Group on Flyingfish (Electronic Meeting)  
 16 - 18 September INFOPESCA Tilapia Conference Rio de Janiero
17-18 September Meeting of Regional Stakeholders to discuss the 11th EDF Regional Indicative Program (RIP) Guyana
24 Sept. - 4 Oct. Annual Meeting of ICCAT Standing Committee on Research and Statistics Madrid Spain
Sept. 2013 - Mar. 2014 UNU - Fisheries Training Programme (6 month course) Iceland
September Inception meeting for the project titled"Sustainable Management of by-catch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl fisheries (REBYC-II LAC) To be determined
September Preparation of legal framework for inland fisheries in Guyana (TCP/GUY/3401) Guyana
September CRFM Executive Committee Meeting  
4 - 12 October Caribbean Week of Agriculture Guyana
10 October Third Sub-Committee Meeting on Flyingfish Guyana
10 October Fourth Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council Guyana
 7-8 October CRFM / CTA Fisheries Workshop Guyana
14 - 18 October LEK-EAF Workshop Panama
16-18 October ACP Fish II Validation Workshop on Draft Updated Prosecution Manual Grenada
21 - 25 October ACP Fish II Final Programme Monitoring Workshop The Bahamas
24-25 October 6th ACP Fish II Steering Committee Meeting The Bahamas
25 October ACP Roundtable Meeting (Topic to be determined), Reception & Closing The Bahamas
29 - 31 October CFMC/WECAFC/OSPESCA/CRFM Working Group on Spawning Aggregations Miami
29-31 October WECAFC Spiny Lobster Workshop Miami
4-8 November 66th GCFI Conference Corpus Christi, USA
9? 6th WECAFC Scientific Advisory Group Session Miami
18 - 25 November 23rd Regular Meeting of ICCAT Cape Town, South Africa
  COPESCAALC Session Argentina
  ACP Fish II final Steering Committee Meeting Belgium
To be determined Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics Workshop Chile
2-6 December CRFM/JICA CARIFICO Project Workshop St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  CRFM Executive Committee Meeting To be determined


The ACP Fish II is the second phase of an EU programme, which has as its overall objective “to contribute to the sustainable and equitable management of fisheries in ACP countries”. The ACP Fish II aims to foster improved institutional capacity for fisheries and aquatic resources management. It specifically addresses knowledge requirements for sustainable management in ACP countries at all levels of decision-making.


Objectives and Outputs:

The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to the sustainable and equitable management of fisheries in ACP countries, while the specific objective is to strengthen fisheries sectoral policy development and implementation in ACP Countries.   The expected project outputs are: improved fisheries policies and management plans at the regional and national levels; reinforced control and enforcement capabilities; reinforced national and regional research strategies and initiatives; developed business supportive regulatory frameworks and private sector investment; and increased knowledge sharing on fisheries management and trade at the regional level.

Status of Project:

Implementation of the project, which will be managed under decentralized management through a Programme Management Unit (PMU) based in Brussels and a set of Regional Facilitation Units (RFUs) located in Belize (CRFM Secretariat), Gabon, Senegal, Uganda, Mozambique and Fiji has commenced. In relation to the Caribbean the first activity, a Regional Needs Assessment Workshop was held in Belize on 27 - 28 October 2009.   

The First Meeting of the ACP Fish II Steering Committee was held on 29 January 2010 at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels to review the activities carried out during the start-up phase and the results of the regional needs assessment workshops. The Meeting also reviewed and adopted the first operational Programme Estimates (PE1). 

In May 2010 a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture, Belize, Agriconsulting Europe SA (AESA), Brussels, (Project implementing agency) and the CRFM Secretariat, Belize City was signed for office space on the ground floor of the CRFM Secretariat for the ACP Fish II Programme, Regional Facilitation Unit (RFU) Caribbean Office.

A second round of workshops was held over the period 31 August - 11 November 2010, with the Caribbean's workshop having been held on 28 - 29 October 2010 in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.  The principal outcome of this round of workshops was the presentation and validation of the Regional Action Plans, which had been prepared by the Regional Managers in close collaboration with all stakeholders in the countries in their regions, during the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2010.

The ACP Fish II Steering Committee, which is comprised of representatives of the ACP Secretariat, CARICOM / CRFM, CEMAC, COMESA, ECCS, ECOWAS, the Pacific Islands Forum, SADCA and UEMOA, as well as the European Commission and the CU and RFUs of ACP Fish II, held its second Meeting in 05 November 2010. The Regional Action Plans, which had been validated at the second round of workshops, were presented and approved by the Steering Committee. Also, the second operational Programme Estimate was presented and approved by the Steering Committee.

Under PE1, one regional and three national projects were undertaken.  The objective of the regional project Finalisation of the Common Fisheries Policy was to complete a draft CFP for the Caribbean Community for submission to the CARICOM Heads of Government for consideration.  To this end, a Multidisciplinary Workshop was convened in Guyana during 12 - 14 April 2011.  The Meeting provided an opportunity for members of the group to discuss and clarify concerns; negotiate and arrive at agreement on the content of the draft agreement; propose working for the provisions of the draft agreement; and complete the draft agreement for submission to the Ministerial Council for consideration.  The Multidisciplinary Workshop produced a negotiated Draft Agreement on the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy.

The national projects were:

1.   Fisheries data enhancement project, Dominica - The objectives were: (i) to extract useful historic data contained in an obsolete database and put them in a useable format for easy access and analysis; (ii) to provide training for 4 members of staff; and (iii) to recommend an effective data management and archiving system.

2.   Develop and air 3 television and 6 radio clips, St. Lucia - The objectives of this project were to develop and air television and radio clips to promote awareness of critical aspects relevant to fisheries conservation and sustainable use.

3.   Production of a 15-minute documentary, Trinidad and Tobago - The objective of this project was the production and airing of a 15-minute documentary to increase public awareness on the proposed changes in fisheries management in Trinidad and Tobago.

The First Programme Monitoring Workshop was convened in Belize from 4 to 5 April 2011, to review the status of implementation of projects funded under the first phase from June 2009 to May 2011; formulate Terms of Reference / plans for projects to be implemented under the second phase (June 2011 to November 2012) and agreed on the implementaion plan; and share lessons learned and experiences of project implementation to-date.


 Project Outputs





 ACP Fish II 

Training modules in ecosystem approach to fisheries, climate change and communication for fisherfolk in the Caribbean

 ACP Fish II 

Strategic Assessment of Aquaculture Potential in Haiti

 ACP Fish II 

Elaboration of an Aquaculture Development Strategy for St. Kitts and Nevis

ACP Fish II 

The Dominican A National Strategy for the Fisheries Sector (English Version) Annex I
Final Technical Report

 ACP Fish II


Training in EAF and Climate Change for the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations
 2011  ACP Fish II Raising Public Awareness for Fisheries Management: Saint Lucia
 2011  ACP Fish II  Improving Business Acumen in Fisher Cooperatives
in Saint Lucia”, Caribbean: Training Manual



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