Report of the Third Meeting of the Regional Working Group on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Bridgetown, Barbados 26–28 September 2018
This is the report of the 3 rd Meeting of the Regional Working Group on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, which took place in Bridgetown, Barbados, from 26 to 28 September, 2018. The meeting served as the third meeting of the joint Regional Working Group on IUU Fishing of the Western Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission (WECAFC), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Organization for Fisheries and Aquaculture for Central America (OSPESCA). Attendance included experts from 17 WECAFC Members, as well as three intergovernmental organizations and three non-governmental organizations. Staff and resource persons from FAO provided technical and logistic support. The meeting was made possible through generous financial assistance provided by the European Union Directorate General for Marine Affairs and Fisheries (EU DG Mare), through project “Support to implementation of the Regional Plan of Action to deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in the Western Atlantic” and the UNDP/GEF funded UNOPS-FAO collaborative execution of the CLME+ Project “Catalysing Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of shared Living Marine Resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems”. The meeting was co-hosted by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy of Barbados.