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Feb 24, 2005

Fishing community looks at regional prospects

Story PictureWith the effects of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy preparing to reverberate throughout the region, today industry leaders, government officials and representatives of environmental organisations met in Belize City to discuss marine resources, and more specifically, the implementation of a policy regime for CARICOM members to safeguard this vital sector. With a broad framework already established by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, today local interests gathered to discuss the document and put forward their recommendations on how to improve benefits to the region and promote proper management and development. This afternoon, Fisheries administrator Beverly Wade told News 5 such interactive feedback is crucial to the process.

Beverly Wade, Fisheries Administrator
?Some of the important things that are being discussed in the policy are things such as access, things like management. So it?s an important consultation that is occurring today where we are getting input from Belize that will then feed into the fourth working group meeting that is scheduled for April of this year where we would then feed those recommendations in there to further elaborate this policy.?

Janelle Chanona
?At the end of this process, what will this policy and framework mean for Belizean fishermen out there??

Beverly Wade
?That is what we will define today because the jurisdiction of the policy has not yet been decided on. What we?re discussing is what the policy will cover. Will it cover our EEZ, our territorial seas and our internal seas or will it just over our EEZ? So I think when that has been defined, we could directly pinpoint what the direct impacts will be on our fishermen.?

?If conditions are not put in place whenever you?re looking at expanding something, regionalising something, if provisions are not put in pace for that small man, then it?s easy for them to become marginalised.?

?Each state is charged with putting in management measures under the Law of the Sea convention and different conventions geared at resource management to put in measures and ensure sustainability and viability. So it transcends nationality, transcends exactly where you?re from but what most sovereign nation would do is that they would ensure that their local people would get the maximum benefit.?

Today’s consultation was held at the CZMAI conference room.

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