FAO Fisheries Department

Steps taken towards Recreational Fisheries Impact Assessment in the Caribbean



The WECAFC/OSPESCA/CRFM/CFMC Working Group* on Recreational Fisheries concluded its first major activity. An Expert Workshop held in Santa Marta, Colombia earlier this month reviewed and finalized a Manual on economic impact assessment of recreational fisheries in the Wider Caribbean Region which will be tested in 2013.

The Working Group members consider the manual a very useful tool for assessing the level of expenditures and associated economic impacts related to recreational fishing in the region. Application of the manual will: a) increase awareness and understanding among decision makers and the general public about the economic importance of recreational fisheries to their countries and b) assist fisheries managers to contribute better to public policy discussions affecting fisheries management, conservation and economic policy.

After a test phase in 2013, the manual will be distributed widely in English, Spanish and French throughout the region.

The Expert Workshop was attended by 29 experts from 8 countries and territories**. The Expert Workshop was co-organized by the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The Billfish Foundation (TBF). The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) facilitated the workshop arrangements.

More information on the meeting and its outcomes can be obtained from the WECAFC:WECAFC-Secretariat@fao.org.

Read the workshop conclusions and recommendations

* This is a joint Working Group of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), Organization for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), and the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC).

** Participating countries and territories included: Caribbean Netherlands, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France (Martinique), Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America (including Puerto Rico) and Venezuela. CRFM, CFMC, TBF, ICCAT, IGFA, GCFI, World Bank and FAO were represented as well.