FAO has awarded the Margarita Lizárraga Medal to La Organización del Sector Pesquero y Acuícola del Istmo Centroamericano (OSPESCA
) in El Salvador. OSPESCA, a Regional Fishery Body, was selected in recognition of its significant contribution to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture development in the Central American countries* and considered a model intergovernmental organization, emulated in other regions for the catalytic effect of its achievements. OSPESCA's contribution to the application of the Code has been outstanding, practical, tangible and sustainable as well as motivating for other regions to follow. Ms Xinia Chavez Quiros, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica, accompanied by a delegation representing OSPESCA, was at FAO headquarters in Rome to receive the medal.
In 1997 the FAO Conference instituted the Margarita Lizárraga Medal to be awarded every two years to a person or organization that has served with distinction in the application of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. The Medal pays tribute to Ms Margarita Lizárraga, Senior Fishery Officer, for her decisive role in promotion the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and her productive work in the field of fisheries for almost forty years, especially in developing countries.
* Members of OSPESCA are Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama. The Dominican Republic has Associated State status.