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SSF Guidelines Implementation discussed at WECAFC 17

15/07/2019 - 18/07/2019 USA

The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission met for the 17th time in mid-July to discuss the most pertinent fisheries issues in its coverage area. Twenty-five Members, including the European Union, agreed a biannual action plan on items as broad as IUU Fishing, climate change impacts and resilience, the status of stocks in the region, and the management of commercially important species such as queen conch, Caribbean spiny lobster and reef fisheries.

At this 17th Session, WECAFC also recommended that the International Year of Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2022 (IYAFA) be used as a unique opportunity to consolidate the activities with partners. The purpose would be to take advantage of IYAFA to link the highly distributed activities to highlight the progress made in the implementation of the SSF Guidelines in a coordinated way, and gain more visibility for WECAFC area SSF and fisherfolk stakeholders at global scale.

The Commission also requested support in collection and dissemination of information and educational materials, particularly from and to small-scale and artisanal fisheries, to contribute information to an ecosystem approach to fisheries management, among other topics.

Finally, and critically, the Commission adopted an Interim Data Collection Reference Framework, as a foundation for fisheries data and statistics collection and collation. This framework was endorsed in the context of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the SSF Guidelines. It acts as a key anchor to fulfil the data collection and monitoring elements of the Guidelines, and ensure monitoring of indicator 14.b.1 of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

In this sense, WECAFC Members committed themselves to support the IYAFA and demonstrate any advances on the implementation of the SSF Guidelines.

Added to previous commitments and resolutions on the SSF guidelines (See report of the 15th Session of WECAFC) this shows the region's commitment to the SSF Guidelines and, at least in paper, to the crucial small-scale fishers in the region. WECAFC Members must now collaborate with FAO and other international and regional partners to develop and implement programmes that secure sustainable small-scale fisheries.

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