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Flying fish in focus

flyingfishRegional officials met recently in Trinidad and Tobago, to review urgent governance and management issues challenging the seven Caribbean countries that currently harvest the Eastern Caribbean flying fish, are calling stakeholders across the region to action.

At the ministerial meeting, convened by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and chaired by The Bahamas, the CRFM Ministerial Sub-Committee on flying fish issued a call to stakeholders, asking them to ensure that the necessary technical consultations and analyses are completed to ensure that the final Strategic Action Programme report, which will be used to lobby for funding, adequately provides for the interests and needs of the people of the CARICOM/CRFM states.

The ministers also called on the countries to ensure that the consultations with stakeholders at the national level and the updating of the Draft Fisheries Management Plan for the flying fish are completed in a timely manner, so that the final plan can be submitted to the Sub-committee for endorsement at its next sitting in May 2013 in Barbados.

The ministers noted that Martinique was an important participant in the flying fish fishery and emphasised the need for closer cooperation with France at all levels, to ensure coordinated and concerted action for sustainable use, conservation and management of the flying fish resources and other shared fish stocks.

Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago harvest the species, also known as the four-wing flying fish, for either human consumption or fish bait.

The task of the sub-committee is to help strengthen the framework for cooperative management and to provide policy guidance for the development of cooperative measures to achieve optimum, sustainable, socio-economic benefits from the fishery resources for the people of the region.

Funding for the meeting was provided by the Global Environment Facility.

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