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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the International Ocean Institute (IOI) this month signed a new 5-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to extend their longstanding cooperation towards building the capacity of Caribbean fisheries and marine resource management professionals in ocean governance. The partnership between the CRFM and IOI started in 2004 and it has provided nearly 40 Caribbean nationals access to high-level, specialized training and capacity-building support at IOI-Dalhousie University every year since then.

Thursday, 07 January 2016

The European Union (EU) in November made the second annual payment of 6.2 million euros to Guinea-Bissau for the fisheries agreement renewed in 2014, said Monday in Bissau the EU delegation in Guinea-Bissau. The delegation also announced the approval of a programme to support the fishing sector of Guinea-Bissau amounting to 3 million euros to boost maritime inspection and surveillance, scientific research and staff training, among other objectives. In addition to the financial compensation and support for specific programmes, Guinea-Bissau also benefits from the fees European shipowners have to pay for fishing licenses, whose value depends on the types of ships and fish capturing capacities.

Friday, 18 December 2015

The contribution of the fishing and aquaculture industries to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to increase over the next three years. The Ministry of Finance noted an increase in these industries from a provisional figure of $114.5million in 2013 to a $118.8m forecast for this year. The ministry also forecast an increase to $120.6m for 2016 and $122.5m in 2017.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Jimmi Jones and wife Sandra Lee’s fish farm in Belize City is unique. His fish tanks supply water and nutrients for his vegetable garden needs and the plants filter the water that is recycled back to the tanks. Jones has been showing off the “JimSan Aquaponics” style of organic farming in meetings across the Caribbean to support efforts by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) in promoting aquaculture as a food security option in combatting global climate change. As global warming increases sea temperatures, wild catch fishery could decline by as much as 50 per cent, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Fisheries play a role in ensuring food security and income. What trade-related support is needed to help secure similar positive outcomes in the face of future pressures on stocks? One of the aims of the Millennium Declaration adopted in 2000 was to halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger by 2015. Disappointingly, however, persistent hunger and malnutrition continue to be a very significant problem for the international community. An average of 842 million people around the world fight hunger every day and approximately two billion face micronutrient deficiencies. More than 200 million children under five years old are victims of malnutrition. The prevalence of hunger is highest in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where one in every four Africans or 218 million people are undernourished, while 35 percent of the population lives are projected to live in poverty in 2015

Monday, 14 December 2015

In a bid to ensure the production of canned tuna in the region meets the required standard, specialised training has been organised in Levuka by the European Union-supported Development of Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific Project (DevFish2). The 18 participants include cannery and fish inspectors from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands who are part of the thermal processing and regulatory audit training. DevFish2 is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and DevFish officer Jonathan Manieva said the training was timely and critical as the tuna processing industry in the Pacific region experienced growth.

The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries, Dr Yohana Budeba, has asked the public to use sea food, such as sardines, to fight malnutrition. The PS was speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday (27 November) at the opening of Fish for Trade Awards - Commending Friendly Fishing in Tanzania. Organized by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Smartfish Programme with support from the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund, the phase II project brought together various participants from across the country.

Thursday, 03 December 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron has set aside £5.6 million (US$8.4 million) of its overseas aid budget to go towards improving fishing in the Caribbean and other small island states. Among the 25 Commonwealth small island nations set to benefit are: Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago. Cameron said the money will be provided from next year to target developing maritime economy plans, with additional funding on offer for future years to help these countries implement their plans.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Post- Tropical Storm Erika, Dominica’s fisherfolk and representatives from the Fisheries Division and Cooperative Division pledged to improve collaboration to strengthen the capacity of fisherfolk cooperatives on the island to advocate for inclusion in the rebuilding efforts. This was one of the messages emanating from the just concluded national fisherfolk workshop. Fisherfolk called for better collaboration with the government agencies so that fisherfolk cooperatives can improve their involvement in decision and policy-making. “It is time for us to start making decisions for ourselves,” said one impassioned participant.

Monday, 30 November 2015

The Council will have an exchange of views on the state of play of the simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  Ministers will be briefed by the Commission on the state of play on international agricultural trade issues. The Council will also take stock of the implementation of the package of measures addressing the difficult situation of several agricultural sectors.