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Wednesday, 02 November 2016

Caribbean fisheries ministers meet in Cayman Islands

The Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the top policy and decision-making arm of the CARICOM agency, met on Thursday in Grand Cayman for its sixth special meeting. The meeting was held as part of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which is hosted in the Cayman Islands under the theme “Investing in Food and Agriculture”. High on the Ministerial Council’s agenda are plans to develop marine capture fisheries and aquaculture across the Caribbean, with the aim of reducing the region’s US$4 billion food import bill, while building a Caribbean seafood cuisine brand that the region and the world can embrace as a safe and healthy choice. The 17-member Council met for a three-hour session to advance proposed legislation and guidelines that will support an enabling environment for a harmonized regime of food safety. At the Ministerial Council’s recent meeting in Jamaica, chairman Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries of Jamaica, urged the region to explore the untapped market of open-sea fish and aquaculture and to lock in a bigger share of the US$136-billion global industry. On Thursday, the fisheries ministers looked at strategic interventions that the region can make to develop the full potential of its marine capture fisheries and aquaculture, in line with the current push towards the blue economy and blue growth, which aims to maximize benefits from the region’s expansive maritime spaces.

Source: caribbeannewsnow.com