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Mar 5, 2020

Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Still Affecting the Caribbean

Milton Haughton

Climate change, ocean acidification, marine pollution and irresponsible fishing are considered very real threats affecting the region. Recently, G.O.B. declared gillnets a destructive fishing gear even though OCEANA, among other conservation groups, has been calling for a ban on the gear.  But on the regional scale, the illegal unreported and unregulated fishing continues to be a threat to the fisheries industry.  Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Milton Haughton told News Five that there have been some strides, but the region is still not where it needs to be.

 

Milton Haughton, Executive Director, CRFM

“It’s a very difficult problem. Our countries have been working on it for many years now. The answer going forward is upgrading our legislation first and foremost as the basis on which we can take action against those who violate our sovereignty and violates our fisheries laws and regulations. I am very pleased that a few weeks ago, Belize finalised its new fisheries…so that’s a good start. Other countries in the Caribbean, Jamaica for example a couple years ago, upgraded their legislation significantly too. So they, like Belize now, have a new fisheries law. Other countries are working on that, but that’s only the start. And even with the new legislation in my opinion, the penalties tend to still be on the low side when you compare our countries with other countries internationally and countries that have been very successful in stomping out IUU fishing.”


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