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Title Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC)
Code FI-739
Sessions and documents

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Legal Framework
Article of Constitution

Article VI.1


Established by the Council at its Sixty-first Session (1973, Resolution 4/61).

Rules of Procedure

Adopted at the First Session (1975). Amended at the Second Session (1978) and by the Hundred and Thirty-first Session of the FAO Council (2006).

Category Cat. 1

The Commission shall promote the effective conservation, management and development of the living marine resources of the area of competence of the Commission, in accordance with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and address common problems of fisheries management and development faced by Members of the Commission.

Secretary Mr Raymon van Anrooy

Membership is open to coastal States whose territories are situated wholly or partly within the area of the Commission or States whose vessels engage in fishing in the area of competence of the Commission that notify in writing to the Director-General of the Organization of their desire to be considered as members of the Commission.

Number of Members 34
List of Members
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • European Union (Member Organization)
  • France
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Languages English, French and Spanish
Document symbol WECAFC
Division Subregional Office for the Caribbean (FAO-SLC)
Contact information/email

Web site

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

First Session October 1975
Pattern of sessions 1975, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016
Subsidiary Bodies

Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) and Working Groups