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Oct 2, 2019

Regional Ministers Tackle Fisheries Sustainability and Other Issues

Milton Haughton

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, CRFM, held a joint meeting between ministers responsible for fisheries and aquaculture, CARICOM countries and country representatives of OSPESCA, a fisheries organisation in Central America. Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the CRFM, says they are aiming to address a series of issues that affect the region.

 

Milton Haughton, Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism

“We are discussing a wide range of issues related to sustainable development and management of the marine and fisheries resources and aquaculture in our member states. These resources are very important; they have been for food security, for jobs, for employment, livelihoods, as contributors to the very important tourism sector and also for generating trade and earning very important foreign exchange for our countries. But of course the fisheries sector, we face a lot of challenges ranging from climate change, ocean acidification, the changes in ocean currents, changes in the acidity of the oceans, the warming waters that is impacting on our coral reefs and other marine ecosystem; a host of biophysical problems as well as the socio-economic challenges, challenges for integration in the global economy, challenges for trade, challenges to develop the full potential of the marine resources that we have available to us so that we can optimise the contribution they make to our economic development. We also face problems associated with IUU fishing. So these are only some of the issues that we will be discussing today. At the end of the day, we hope to arrive at a joint action plan setting out the priority activities and the modalities for cooperation to realize these activities and to make sure that we derive the benefits that we are seeking from these resources.”


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