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BRITISH HONDURAS: Central America and Caribbean partner on sustainable management of fisheries - Caribbean360

BRITISH HONDURAS: Central America and Caribbean partner on sustainable management of fisheries - Caribbean360 | Chris' Regional Geography |
New regional fisheries collaboration between CRFM and OSPESCA solidified.


The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Central America Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (Spanish acronym OSPESCA) have signed a Belize Declaration on and the Cooperation for Sustainable Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources.

According to Milton Haughton, CRFM Executive Director, “The long-term objective of the partnership between the CRFM and OPSESCA is to secure a brighter and more prosperous future for our fishing communities that rely on the marine resources for their livelihoods, and to ensure that the fish stocks are able, through prudent management, to make enhanced contribution to the social and economic development of our countries now and in the future.”

The CRFM and OSPESCA are the regional agents for the harmonization of fisheries management and development efforts across 24 states.

The agreement was signed recently at the first joint meeting of the two bodies, which saw over 60 high-level delegates from 19 countries spanning Central America and the Caribbean meet in Belize to devise a comprehensive roadmap for collective action in tackling their biggest obstacles in fisheries and aquaculture.

“We are delighted to partnership in ensuring that countries around the Caribbean and indeed the Central and South American regions have seen the wisdom of getting together and pooling resources in order to protect what we consider to be a very important part of our countries’ very existence,” said V. Alfred Gray, chair of the CRFM's Ministerial Council, and Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government of the Bahamas.

“One of the difficult issues we will be considering during this meeting is the issue of IUU [illegal, unreported and unregulated] fishing, as we have already heard," said Haughton.

“Recent reports put the global value of catches taken by IUU fishing as high as 9 billion dollars per year. IUU fishing does not respect national boundaries. It puts unsustainable pressure on fish stocks and marine habitats and distorts markets. It imposes significant economic costs on countries such as ours with limited capacity, and it also corrupts and undermines governance structures,” said Haughton. “We must therefore redouble our efforts to eradicate the scourge of IUU fishing from our region.”

Belize, the only country which belongs to both the Caribbean and Central American regions, is an important player in the process. Lisel Alamilla, Belize Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, said: “We are interested in collaborating with all the countries to ensure the best use and best management of our fisheries resources.”

Helping the diverse nations spanning Central America and the Caribbean to succeed at this task despite their differences is the job Belize is best suited for: “We can advance and support building trust between the regions, and I think that is the opportunity that Belize has and the responsibility that it has, really,” Alamilla added.

Danilo Rosales Pichardo, pro-tem chair of OSPESCA and Vice President of the Nicaraguan Institute of Fisheries, said he is happy that Belize has brought together both sub-regions to address the challenges that they collectively face, and they will address them, he said, “poco a poco” or “bit by bit.”


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chris tobin's insight:

The CRFM and CNFAO partnership of 19 countries of the Caribbean, Central and So America regions implements enforceable laws for global illegal fishing (a $9 billion industry) and help secure the future of their economy and economic development along with resource management for the future.


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A Mysterious Patch Of Light

A Mysterious Patch Of Light | Chris' Regional Geography |
If you are up in space looking down on America west of the Mississippi, one of the brightest patches of light at night is on the Great Plains in North Dakota. It's not a city, not a town, not a military installation.

Via Seth Dixon
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I guessed that the bright light was a large oil drilling site since it really is a big business right now.  The people who live here are happy about being able to make money, but their land is being destroyed by the drilling sites made.  The landscape is changing dramatically and many people are moving here for work.

Heidi Zumbrun Bjerke's comment, February 12, 2013 9:52 PM
Use google earth and you can compare the two images.
Mary Patrick Schoettinger's comment, February 12, 2013 11:55 PM
that's an excellent idea, especially to have students suggest what the light might be in the photo. The question is , is the bright light a one time occurrence or does it continue?J
Mary Rack's comment, February 13, 2013 6:08 AM
I'm having trouble installing GoogleEarth on my iMac. Looking forward to the comparison. Big adjustment after years in the PC world.