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Oct 1, 2019

The Seafood Trade in the Caribbean: Meeting Market Requirements

Milton Haughton

But where is the region in terms of accessing markets for its fishery products? Trade in fish and seafood is one of the largest areas of agriculture commodity globally; over one hundred and fifty billion dollars of fish and seafood is traded internationally. The region has been exporting to markets across the world including the U.S. and Europe. Milton Haughton says that CARICOM states have been working on building capacity and adhering to sanitary and phytosanitary systems and requirements for the export of seafood. 

 

Milton Haughton, Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism

“We face some constraints. The demands and requirements in markets are changing every time and getting more stringent, especially with respect to seafood safety. So we talk about the SPS measures—the sanitary and phytosantiary systems and requirements that are needed to trade. We also now have requires related to traceability that we must meet. So these are things that we are discussing. A few years ago, through a project funded by the E.U., we developed modelled legislation, protocols, guidelines, etc. to improve our capacity to trade; our capacity particularly to address the SPS challenges, which was one of the major constraints, as well as to be able to meet international best practices and standards with respect to food safety. So this is all meant to put us in a position where we are able to trade more products with more countries and access these better markets and by doing so, increase our income and earnings from the fish and seafood that we have.”

 

According to Haughton, a meeting will be held with counterpart ministers from Central American to engage on fisheries issues.


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