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Report of the WECAFC reorientation and strategic planning workshop Gosier, Guadeloupe, 29–30 January 2014

Gosier, Guadeloupe, 29–30 January 2014














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    The fifteenth session of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) was held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 26 to 28 March 2014. The session was attended by 29 members of the Commission. Observers from five regional fishery bodies (RFBs) and five intergovernmental organizations also participated. The Commission adopted four regional fisheries management recommendations respectively on: 1) spawning aggregations of groupers and snappers, 2) the use of fish aggregating de vices, 3) Queen Conch management and conservation and 4) fisheries management planning. The Commission also adopted five resolutions on 1) illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, 2) the Regional Strategy for the Control of Invasive Lionfish, 3) the implementation of voluntary guidelines on Small-scale fisheries and Tenure, 4) the implementation of the Port state Measures Agreement and the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on flag State performance and 5) the strategic action programme for the sustainable management of the shared living marine resources of the Caribbean and north Brazil shelf large marine ecosystems. The Commission thanked FAO for the Performance Review of WECAFC, adopted the WECAFC Strategic Plan 2014–2020, approved the Programme of Work (2014–15), maintained the seven joint working groups and established three new working groups, endorsed the WECAFC–FIRMS partnership, adopted the revised Rules of Procedures and discussed the options for strategic reorientation of th e Commission. No decision was taken on starting a transition process of WECAFC into a Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO), as members required additional information
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    Findings of the independent cost-benefit assessment of the options for strategic re-orientation of WECAFC 2017
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    This circular contains the findings of the independent cost-benefit assessment of the options for strategic re-orientation of WECAFC, which was conducted over the period May–December 2015. The three options assessed are: 1. WECAFC should remain a regional level fisheries advisory commission as a FAO Article VI body and continue to coordinate joint work with the (sub-) regional advisory/management bodies. 2. WECAFC should become a regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) as an FAO Articl e XIV body, with a mandate to make legally binding decisions. 3. WECAFC should become a regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) independent established outside of FAO’s legal framework with a mandate to make legally binding decisions. This document discusses the status and trends of marine fisheries in the WECAFC area, regional fisheries bodies and RFMOs active in the area, international fisheries instruments and the role of RFMOs and the costs and benefits of the three options above. The assessment concludes that the establishment of an RFMO, either under FAO or outside FAO’s framework would create significant economic, social and environmental benefits at limited costs to the members of WECAFC. The conclusions and recommendations from this circular will be presented to WECAFC 16 in June 2016.
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    Report of the Second WECAFC Strategic Reorientation Workshop, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 1-2 December 2015 2016
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    The Second WECAFC Strategic Reorientation Workshop was held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on 1 and 2 December 2015. The workshop was attended by 48 participants from 25 member countries as well as partner organizations, international experts and FAO. The workshop discussed the preliminary outcomes of an independent cost-benefit assessment of the three options for strategic reorientation of WECAFC. The independent cost-benefit assessment, which accompanies this report, is published as FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular No 1117. The workshop recognized the value of a transformation of WECAFC into an RFMO for the sustainability of fisheries in the region and that the existing subregional organizations (Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism [CRFM] and the Organization for fisheries and Aquaculture of Central America [OSPESCA]) should be essential components of the RFMO and as such be embedded in its governance structure.

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