Current CLME+ Partners (Draft)



The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established by a Treaty in Chaguaramas, Trinidad on 4th July 1973, as the replacement of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFA). CARICOM’s mission is “To provide dynamic leadership and service, in partnership with Community institutions and Groups, toward the attainment of a viable, internationally competitive and sustainable Community, with improved quality of life for all”



The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) was established by a Treaty signed by the Heads of Government of the CARICOM at their Thirteenth Inter-sessional Meeting in Belize City, on 4 February 2002. It was inaugurated on 26 March 2003 in Belize. The organisation’s mission includes the promotion and facilitation of the responsible utilization of the region’s fisheries and other aquatic resources for the economic and social benefits of the current and future population of the region.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization for the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) is integrated by governmental authorities of Central America, and was established in San Salvador on 18th December 1995 with the purpose of promoting the development and management coordination of the regional fishery and aquaculture activities, while adding to the heightened strengthening and integration of Central-American countries. To do this OSPESCA promotes a sustainable and coordinated development of fisheries and aquacultures in the frame by defining and approving policies, programmes and regional projects



The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas is responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. The organization was established at a Conference of Plenipotentiaries, which prepared and adopted the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas , signed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1966. After a ratification process, the Convention entered formally into force in 1969.





As a part of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) acts as a regional fishery body with an advisory mandate (scientific and/or management) within the region. WECAFC was established in 1973 by Resolution 4/61 of the FAO Council.



The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is a union of countries belonging to the Caribbean basin. The ACS was formally established in July 1994, with the signing of the Convention Establishing the Association of Caribbean States in Cartagena, Colombia. It comprises 25 Member States, 3 Associate Members, 8 non-independent Caribbean countries.

The Forum of the Caribbean Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)States (CARIFORUM) is the body that comprises Caribbean ACP States for the purpose of promoting and coordinating policy dialogue, cooperation and regional integration, mainly within the framework of the Cotonou Agreement between the ACP and the European Union and also the CARIFORUM-European Community Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).



The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) was established by a Treaty signed at Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis on 18th June 1981. The mission of the OECS is to “contribute to the sustainable development of OECS Member States by supporting their strategic insertion into the global economy while maximizing the benefits accruing from their collective space”.





The Convention on biological Diversity (CBD) is an international agreement. The Convention was opened for signature on 5 June 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (the Rio “Earth Summit”), and entered into force on 29 December 1993. The CBD seeks to conserve the diversity of life on Earth at all levels – genetic, population, species, habitat, and ecosystem – and to ensure that this diversity continues to maintain the life support systems of the biosphere overall.



The Caribbean Environmental Programme (CEP) is one of the UNEP administered Regional Seas Programmes based in Kingston, Jamaica and provides the programmatic framework for the Cartagena Convention (Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region). The CEP is managed by and for the countries of the Wider Caribbean Region through the Caribbean Action Plan (1981) outlining regional environmental challenges.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was signed in Washington DC on 2nd December 1946. The purpose of the Convention is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry. The main duty of the IWC is to keep under review and revise as necessary the measures laid down in the Schedule to the Convention which govern the conduct of whaling throughout the world.