FAO Fisheries Department

Regional Fisheries Bodies of Latin America and the Caribbean Meet in Rome, Italy



A First Meeting of Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean was held in Rome, Italy during the weeklong 30th session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries. Chaired by Mr. Alejandro Flores Nava, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer, the participating Regional Fishery Bodies included: CCPS, RAA, COPESCAALC, CIAT/IATTC, OSPESCA, CRFM, OLDEPESCA, INFOPESCA and COPACO/WECAFC.

At this first meeting information on various programmes of work was shared and opportunities for increasing collaboration were discussed.

It was agreed that aquaculture and fisheries statistical data collection and analysis and information exchange and dissemination would be a first area of attention during 2012-2013. A first collaborative effort should take place in June 2013 in Chile, initiated by the Aquaculture Network for the Americas (RAA).

More information can be obtained from the secretariats of the participating RFBs:
CPPS (Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur)

RAA (Red de Acuicultura de las Américas)

COPESCAALC(Comisión de Pesca Continental y Acuicultura para América Latina y el Caribe)

COPACO/WECAFC Comisión de Pesca del Atlántico Centro Occidental), a>

CIAT/IATTC (Comisión Interamericana del Atún Tropical)

OSPESCA (Organización del Sector Pesquero y Acuícola de Centroamérica)

CRFM (Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism)

OLDEPESCA (Organización Latinoamericana de Desarrollo Pesquero)

CRFM (Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism)

INFOPESCA (Centro para los Servicios de Información y Asesoramiento sobre la Comercialización de los Productos Pesqueros en América Latina y El Caribe)