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Consortium established in support of the Management and Conservation of Billfish Resources in the Western Central Atlantic

3 March 2016

*Spanish version of the news item available here.

This week, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Stations (FAO), The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), The Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (OSPESCA), The Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations (CNFO), and Conservation International (CI) signed a Letter of Intent (click here for Spanish) to formally establish a Consortium on Billfish Management and Conservation (CBMC).

The CBMC functions as an advisory body for the Caribbean Billfish Project, which is a 1.95 million USD project component of the GEF-funded, World Bank implemented, Ocean Partnership for Sustainable Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation Models for Innovation and Reform.

The Letter of Intent will facilitate the collaboration among the six organizations that have signed it thus far. It is foreseen that more regional and international partners will also join the CBMC before the end of 2016.

The CBMC aims to contribute to sustainable management and conservation of billfish within the Western Central Atlantic Ocean.

Specific duties of the CBMC include:

  • Providing technical and scientific advice and recommendations on measures concerning biological, social and economic aspects of billfish fisheries.
  • Disseminating information about the Caribbean Billfish Project and its findings.
  • Reviewing specific management recommendations and other advice from participating regional fisheries bodies.
  • Sharing information on billfish fisheries and other data relevant to the functions of the project between the partners to strengthen ties between partners.
  • Increasing the project’s visibility and its activities and promoting the implementation of the project’s recommendations.

The President of the IGFA, Mr. Rob Kramer, said upon signature of this Letter of Intent, “This is a strategically important development, which is expected to lead to closer collaboration between small-scale, industrial and recreational fishers for billfish, with greater attention for conservation and sustainable fisheries management of the resource in this region”.

WECAFC’s Secretary, Mr. Raymon van Anrooy, said that the establishment of the CBMC is a sign of increasing interest by fisheries, sports fisheries and environment sector stakeholders to jointly try to tackle the common challenges such as the limited information available on billfish stocks and fisheries in the region and to increase the value that can be derived from the billfish resources in the Western Central Atlantic.

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