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Review of current fisheries management performance and conservation measures in the WECAFC area










Singh-Renton, S. & McIvor I. 2015. Review of current fisheries management performance and conservation measures in the WECAFC area. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 587, Bridgetown, Barbados, FAO. 293 pp.


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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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    FIRMS-WECAFC Report of the Regional workshop on Recreational Fisheries Statistics in the Caribbean, The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 20 - 22 June 2017
    The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 20–22 June 2017
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    The WECAFC-FIRMS regional workshop on Recreational Fisheries Statistics in the Caribbean was supported by the Caribbean Billfish Project, which is a component of the GEF-funded, World Bank-implemented, Ocean Partnership for Sustainable Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation Models for Innovation and Reform (ABNJ) Project, and is being executed by the WECAFC Secretariat at the Subregional Office for the Caribbean of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources of the Bahamas Government kindly hosted this workshop, which was held at the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation (BAIC). There is a need to develop recreational fisheries data collection and fishery statistics capacities in the Caribbean. Improving nations’ abilities to inform the sustainable management of valuable fish stocks, through robust data analyses, will yield socio-economic dividends for current and future citizens. The Caribbean Billfish Project seeks to improve regional recreational fishery data collection and analysis capacities in order to inform the ongoing improvements to the management of billfish and other stocks at national and regional levels. The workshop brought together 38 representatives from 13 Caribbean countries and overseas territories’ fisheries departments, regional fisheries bodies, fisheries technical advisory institutions, non-governmental organizations, various fishery statistics specialists and other relevant stakeholders. Participants’ knowledge of regional fishery data challenges and their capacities to address these challenges effectively were developed over the course of the workshop. Within the Caribbean, recreational fisheries currently represent a largely untapped resource for valuable data capture. This fishery subsector is very capable of providing invaluable data to genuinely inform effective fisheries management. However, national fishery authorities tend to either not recognize the opportunity, or struggle to engage effectively with this fishery sector for data capture. This workshop emphasized the opportunities at hand for citizen science, holistic fisheries data capture and management, and described effective data collection and analysis methodologies from other regions. Participants then prioritized the regional data collection needs collectively, from both recreational and artisanal fleets, and agreed on technicalities for digital data systems applications – including the use of SmartForms, a pilot version of which is expected to be implemented during the Caribbean Billfish Project.
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    Report of the FIRMS-WECAFC Regional Workshop on recreational fisheries statistics in the Caribbean
    The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 20-22 June 2017
    2017
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    The WECAFC-FIRMS regional workshop on Recreational Fisheries Statistics in the Caribbean was supported by the Caribbean Billfish Project, which is a component of the GEF-funded, World Bank-implemented, Ocean Partnership for Sustainable Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation Models for Innovation and Reform (ABNJ) Project, and is being executed by the WECAFC Secretariat at the Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources of the Bahamas Government kindly hosted this workshop, which was held at the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation (BAIC). There is a need to develop recreational fisheries data collection and fishery statistics capacities in the Caribbean. Improving nations’ abilities to inform the sustainable management of valuable fish stocks, through robust data analyses, will yield socio-economic dividends for current and future citizens. The Caribbean Billfish Pro ject seeks to improve regional recreational fishery data collection and analysis capacities in order to inform the ongoing improvements to the management of billfish and other stocks at national and regional levels. The workshop brought together 38 representatives from 13 Caribbean countries and overseas territories’ fisheries departments, regional fisheries bodies, fisheries technical advisory institutions, non-governmental organizations, various fishery statistics specialists and other releva nt stakeholders. Participants’ knowledge of regional fishery data challenges and their capacities to address these challenges effectively were developed over the course of the workshop. Within the Caribbean, recreational fisheries currently represent a largely untapped resource for valuable data capture. This fishery subsector is very capable of providing invaluable data to genuinely inform effective fisheries management. However, national fishery authorities tend to either not recognize the op portunity, or struggle to engage effectively with this fishery sector for data capture. This workshop emphasized the opportunities at hand for citizen science, holistic fisheries data capture and management, and described effective data collection and analysis methodologies from other regions. Participants then prioritized the regional data collection needs collectively, from both recreational and artisanal fleets, and agreed on technicalities for digital data systems applications – including th e use of Smart Forms, a pilot version of which is expected to be implemented during the Caribbean Billfish Project.

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