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Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries (REBYC-II LAC)


In Suriname, the principle aims of the fisheries policy are the conservation of the biological resources of the sea and their balanced exploitation on a lasting basis and in appropriate economic and social conditions. Specific aims of the policy include the reduction of unwanted bycatch and of protected species, and increased stakeholder participation. The REBYC-II LAC project is working on different aspects of the country’s fisheries, in support of these policy goals.

Suriname is the only REBYC-II LAC project country to have a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified trawl fishery, the Atlantic seabob shrimp fishery. While both Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) and Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs) are well implemented in this fishery, experiments are done to optimize these devices, and improve their use also in the Penaeus shrimp trawl fleet. To reduce unsustainable bycatch in the demersal finfish trawl fleet, innovative solutions such as flexible cable TEDs are being tested and evaluated. Further, to reduce trawler discards and food loss, the possibilities for bycatch utilization are being investigated.

The largest fishing sector in Suriname is the artisanal fleet, mainly deploying gillnets in the coastal waters. Often targeting the same species, artisanal and industrial fisheries are ecologically connected and require a holistic co-management approach. To ensure effective stakeholder participation in fisheries management, the REBYC-II LAC project supports the formation of fisherfolk organization, and runs capacity building and mentoring programs to strengthen the organizations.

Other goals of the REBYC-II LAC project in Suriname include strengthening collaboration with the Coast Guard to ensure effective fisheries inspections at sea, ensuring correct stakeholder participation in the drafting of a new national fisheries legislation and update of the fisheries management plan, and improving the national fisheries data collection system.

REBYC-II LAC Pilot Sites: The industrial and artisanal fisheries based in Paramaribo and fishing communities in Commewijne, Galibi (Marowijne), Boskamp (Saramacca), Coronie and Nickerie.

Recent news from Suriname

Guyana and Suriname make good progress on fulfilling requirements for the MSC-certified Atlantic Seabob trawl fisheries The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Continental Shelf Fisheries Working Group (CSWG) convened a meeting during 20-22 August in Georgetown, Guyana, to review the status and management of Atlantic Seabob Fisheries of Guyana and Suriname....
Paramaribo, Suriname, 28 May 2019 A two-day workshop held in Paramaribo on the 27 and 28th of May marked the official launch of the project “National Diagnostic of Fishing Organizations”. The overall goal of this project is to understand the self-governance capacity of small-scale fishing organizations in Suriname and provide recommendations...
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and fisheries (LVV) has provided a three-day training "fisheries inspection at sea" in collaboration with the Coast Guard suriname. The training has been held in the framework of the FAO / GEF project "Sustainable Management of bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries",...
The Steering Committee of the REBYC-II LAC Project met on the 27th of February 2019, in Santa Marta, Colombia. During this event, a recount was made of the successes and challenges of the project. These have been recorded in the following video:  
Paramaribo, 17 June 2018 The Director of LVV handed over the statutes to the SUNFO board members ©Ministry of LVV After intensive efforts over the last years, the Suriname National Fisherfolk Organization, SUNFO, is a fact. On the 14th of June Mr. Djoemadie Kasanmoesdiran, director of the Ministry...
Paramaribo, 1 March 2018 The demersal finfish trawling fleet of Suriname is known to occasionally capture sea turtles and other potentially vulnerable species such as rays, sharks and groupers. Within the support of REBYC-II LAC, the Suriname Fisheries Department aims to reduce this unsustainable bycatch by implementing a suitable Turtle Excluder...
The Suriname Fisheries Department, with support of the REBYC-II LAC project, has started awareness sessions for small-scale fishers along the coast. During February and March 2018 meetings are being held in cooperation with the five fisherfolk organizations along the Suriname coast, located around Nieuw-Nickerie, Coronie, Boskamp, Paramaribo and Albina. Mark Lall,...
The Suriname Fisheries Department has organized a training workshop for the Coast Guard, related to fisheries inspections. The aim of the three-day training course was to provide the sea-going personnel of the Coast Guard with the necessary background information and skills to inspect fisheries activities in a correct and effective...
Paramaribo, 1 November 2017 As one of the only countries in the region, Suriname has a trawling fleet for demersal finfish. The fishery is known to occasionally capture sea turtles and other potentially vulnerable species including rays, sharks and groupers. The REBYC-II LAC project in Suriname aims to reduce this unsustainable...
FAO is helping revolutionize fishing livelihoods in Latin America and the Caribbean. Supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries (REBYC-II LAC) project seeks to reduce food loss and enhance food availability by improving the management and use of bycatch and...
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