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Oct 5, 2021

The Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

Decisive action to strengthen regional and international cooperation to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and transnational organized crime in the fisheries sector is being taken by Caribbean ministers responsible for fisheries and blue economic growth.  The ministerial meeting on IUU fishing and transnational organized crime is one of a series of meetings that are being held during the sixteenth celebration of Caribbean Week of Agriculture.  Addressing the CARICOM conference on behalf of Belize was Andre Perez, Minister of the Blue Economy.


Andre Perez

Andre Perez, Minister of Blue Economy

“Central to the sustainable management of our fisheries resources is the combating of IUU fishing. IUU fishing undermines the advancements we have achieved in strengthening fisheries management, as well as negatively affecting our economic development and social wellbeing of our people, particularly coastal communities. I am heartened that today’s meeting is focused on CARICOM’s efforts in combating IUU fishing and the international declaration against transnational organized crime in the global fishing industry, the Copenhagen Declaration. My government is committed to the fight against IUU fishing and recognizes that we must continue to actively identify and implement tangible and effective actions collectively, from a regional and international level to curb these illicit activities. The Copenhagen Declaration compliments the 2010 Castries, St. Lucia Declaration on IUU fishing which provides the CRFM member states with a roadmap for a harmonized, multi-pronged approach to combat IUU fishing.  In the Caribbean region, the fishing industry produces a hundred and sixty-one thousand metric tons and employs approximately a hundred and eighty-two thousand persons with direct expert earnings amounting to U.S. two hundred and seventy to three hundred million dollars.  In Belize, our small scale fishing industry is valued at U.S. twenty-five million dollars with three thousand five hundred fishers and approximately four percent of its population being direct beneficiaries of this sector.”

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