press release — 21 November 2014

BELIZE CITY, Nov. 19, 2014

The region’s fisheries stakeholders will meet, to deepen their understanding of the “blue growth concept”, at a two-day workshop held from November 20-21, 2014, in St. George’s, Grenada under the theme, “Investing in Blue Economic Growth.”

The ‘blue growth concept’ is mainly concerned with generating economic growth from the living resources in the oceans and seas.

Blue growth strategies seek to achieve growth by sustainable use and conservation of aquatic renewable resources in the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and on the high seas, in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.

The major components of the blue growth concept include (1) marine and inland capture fisheries; (2) aquaculture development; (3) livelihoods and food systems; and (4) ecosystem services and marine biodiversity conservation at regional and national levels.

This week’s regional workshop is intended to promote blue economic growth in CARICOM countries through   enhanced   involvement   of fisheries   and aquaculture stakeholders in the policy process, as well as improved, broad public understanding and appreciation of the challenges and opportunities of the industry and its policies, and what this means for investing in blue growth.
Milton Haughton, Executive Director of Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says, “The benefits in the sector are significant to the region and the global community. These range from foreign exchange earnings, employment to poverty alleviation and food security. Many of the stakeholders, including the fisherfolk on the ground, do not sufficiently understand the importance of these benefits to value them adequately, to achieve sustainable management of the fisheries resources.”

The CRFM has teamed up with the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO), supported by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) ACP-EU, to raise public awareness in the Caribbean  by deepening the knowledge and  capacity of primary industry stakeholders for more effective stakeholder positioning and participation in fisheries policy and management actions.

The workshop will address the following: Governance and Policy: combating illegal fishing; sustainable  use, conservation  and  management  of  the Eastern Caribbean Flying fish, Spiny Lobster, Nassau Grouper and the Coral reefs eco-system; and next steps for the Caribbean Community  Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP); Under Trade and Market Access: readiness for tackling  Sanitary Phyto-Sanitary Measures, under an EU-funded Project that gets underway this month; and understanding the Value chain approach in fisheries, and its lessons from various experiences in the region, Africa and the Pacific.

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