Belize’s Beverly Wade to represent the country at Caribbean Fisheries Forum

By Adele Ramos
Freelance Reporter

Belize Fisheries Administrator, Beverly Wade is due to travel to Montserrat this weekend to attend the 16th Caribbean Fisheries Forum, being hosted by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), a regional organization of which Belize and 16 other Caribbean States are members.

During the two-day meeting, the participants will receive an update on the progress of different programs, projects and activities sponsored by the CRFM’s Secretariat, Member States and network partners. Countries will also get the opportunity to table their individual reports and elect new officers to serve on the executive committee for the new program year.

The forum is a technical arm of the CRFM, constituted primarily by Chief Fisheries Officers or Fisheries Administrators and serve to provide scientific advice to the ministers responsible for fisheries in our region.

At the upcoming meeting, the technical experts from the Caribbean will prepare a set of recommendations to be presented to country leaders, who are due to meet next month in the same country.

The group last met in March 2017 in Jamaica, when measures for adaptation to climate change and disaster risk management in fisheries were high on the agenda.
Following this meeting, the CRFM will convene a one-day regional workshop to review the Draft Protocol to integrate climate change and disaster risk management into the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy.

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