SAP Strategy 6 - Implement EBM/EAF of the Guianas-Brazil continental shelf with special reference to the shrimp and groundfish fishery

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6.1 Strengthen the FAO-WECAFC-CRFM sub-regional arrangement for the management of the shrimp and groundfish fisheries, and establish a decision-making capacity for policy formulation and managementYESFAO WECAFCModerate progressMediumThe discussions on the reorientation of WECAFC have been going on for some time, since the WECAFC 14th Session in 2012. Strategic Reorientation Workshops were held in 2014 and 2015. At the 16th WECAFC Session in 2016 the Commssion agreed to launch a process to establish a RFMO. A first preparatory workshop was held 25-26 March 2019 in Barbados with the participation of 23 WECAFC members as well as international organizations including representatives from 2 RFMOs. The recommendations from the meeting were presented at the 17th WECAFC Session held 15-18 July in Miami, USA. A roadmap for the process was agreed upon and a 2nd Preparatory meeting has been scheduled to take place in the first half of 2020.18-Jul-2019FAO CLME+ Subproject on shrimp and groundfish of the NBSLME and REBYC-II LAC Project
6.2 Explore and establish a sub-regional arrangement to address both marine and land-based sources of pollution within the context of the expanded framework for the protection of the marine environment built under Strategy 1NOUNEP CEPBasic progressMediumAssessments of pollution hotspots is being undertaken during implementation of EBM projects in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. The assessments include overall impacts on provision of ecosystem goods and services, trends and extent of pollution impacts and suitable pollution abatement measures.12/09/2019CLME+ EBM UNEP Sub-Project on Pollution and Marine Habitat in the NBSLME
6.3 Explore and establish a sub-regional arrangement to address the issue of coastal habitat degradation and destruction within the context of the expanded framework for the protection of the marine environment built under Strategy 1NOUNEP CEPBasic progressMediumEBM plans will be further developed for the assessed marine wetlands and mangroves based on pollution and habitat assessments in pilot countries. Broad-based stakeholder input is currently being sought with the farmers in Trinidad and Tobago, private and public sector partnerships. Collaborative efforts are ongoing with stakeholders incl.WWF Mangrove Dept & EPA in Guyana. Work will continue to foster institutional arrrangements needed for effective management of marine wetlands.12/09/2019CLME+ EBM UNEP Sub-Project on Pollution and Marine Habitat in the NBSLME
6.3 Explore and establish a sub-regional arrangement to address the issue of coastal habitat degradation and destruction within the context of the expanded framework for the protection of the marine environment built under Strategy 1NOCONSERVATION INTERNATIONALCI GEF Mangrove NBSLME Project
6.4 Explore and establish a sub-regional arrangement to address the issue of insecurity for fishers (person and property) e.g. cases of armed robbery and assault
6.5 Explore and establish the most appropriate mechanism for integrating the four sub regional arrangements
6.6 Operationalise and further enhance an interlinked, sub-regional decision support systems (DSS) for sustainable fisheries and environmental protection in the Guianas-Brazil continental shelfNOUNEP CEPNot started/initiatedLow The ongoing EBM sub-project once completed is expected to contribute to improved integrattion of habitat and pollution issues into decision kaing processes concernin g sustainable fisheries.12/09/2019CLME+ EBM UNEP Sub-Project on Pollution and Marine Habitat in the NBSLME
6.6 Operationalise and further enhance an interlinked, sub-regional decision support systems (DSS) for sustainable fisheries and environmental protection in the Guianas-Brazil continental shelfNOFAOGood progressLowWith support from the Fisheries Statistics Branch at FAO HQ and international consultants the DSS is being developed under the iMarine platform (Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources). The DSS is being tailored to provide updated information on fisheries and stocks and with capacity to conduct some stock assessment methods. 01/07/2019FAO CLME+ Subproject on shrimp and groundfish of the NBSLME
6.6 Operationalise and further enhance an interlinked, sub-regional decision support systems (DSS) for sustainable fisheries and environmental protection in the Guianas-Brazil continental shelfNOFAOGood progressLowWith support from the Fisheries Statistics Branch at FAO HQ and international consultants the data collection protocols and systems of T&T and Suriname are being enhanced. This includes the creation of observer programmes and improved data collection for bottom trawling fleets as well as the development of a statistical storage system software that fits the needs and requirements of each country30-Jun-2019REBYC-II LAC
6.7 Establish and/or the capacity of sub-regional and national arrangements for implementing management and conservation measuresYESFAOModerate progressLowThe WECAFC Working Group on Shrimp and Groundfish of the Guianas-Brazil shelf was reactivated. It held an updated meeting in September 2015 to re-draw its TORs and establisha working group. . It held its second meeting in Barbados from 17-18 May 2018. Its recommendations were submitted and adopted at the 17th Session of WECAFC which included, inter alia, capacity building for stock assessment and unit stocks identification, and for the development and support of national shrimp and groundfish fisheries management plans. The 3rd meeting of the WG is expected to be held in the last quarter of 201920/07/2019FAO CLME+ Subproject on shrimp and groundfish of the NBSLME and REBYC-II LAC meeting
6.7 Establish and/or the capacity of sub-regional and national arrangements for implementing management and conservation measuresYESFAOGood progressLowFishing gear tested in Suriname, Trindiad and Tobago and some parts of Brazil shows more than a 30% decrease in bycatch for bottom trawl fisheries. Next step is to ensure the entire fleet is using these fishing practices. Proposed managmeent measures in Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil, based on new data derived from the REBYC-II LAC project, resulted in new proposed spatial and temporal closures that reduce the impacts of the fishery and esure conservation. Next step is for the proposals to become law.
6.8 Establish and/or the capacity of Regional Fisheries Bodies to cooperate with and build capacity among member States to implement the EBM/EAF approach, through National Action Plans (NAPs), data/information management & analysis capacity, and operationalisation of national intersectoral coordination and consultation mechanisms (incl. science-policy interfaces)NOFAOGood progressLowCapacity for data processing and analysis has been enhanced in the region with participation of fisheries officers and scientists from Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Workshops in data preparation (23-25 October 2018) and stock assessment (8-12 July 2019), as well as training in fish stock assessment (21-25 January 2019 and 26-30 August 2019) have been delivered. On the other hand, the REBYC-IILAC and Shrimp and Groundfish project collaborated to to a regional training and training of trainers on EAF in Costa Rica in December 27, 2019. As a result of this, REBYC-II LAC and Shrimp and Groundfish subproject provided EAF training to stakeholders in Brazil (26-30 November 2019) and Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. A Letter of Agreement was signed with CERMES in early 2019 for developing National EAF implementation plans in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, and the national EAF Plan for Brazil is being developed in collaboration with REBYC II LAC project. A diagnostic of NICs in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago was undertaken in July 2019 and recommendations are being developed02/09/2019FAO CLME+ Subproject on shrimp and groundfish of the NBSLME
6.9 Establish and/or strengthen and harmonize (sub-)regional initiatives to combat IUU by combining compliance measures (Monitoring Control and Surveillance plus awareness building among consumers and producers) with the provision of alternative livelihoodsYESFAOGood progressLowThe WECAFC Regional working Group on IUU has held 3 meetings over the last 2 years. In the 3rd meeting held in Barbados 26-28 September one of the main objectives was to develop a Regional Plan of Action on IUU (RPOA-IUU). This work was continued at a workshop for the identification of regional provisions that was held 6-7 March 2019. Based on this work by the WG on IUU. with support from an international consultant, the FAO Fisheries Division and the WECAFC Secretariat the RPOA-IUU was prepared and reviewed. THE RPOA-IUU was presented and adopted at the 17th WECAFC Session held in July 201920-Jul-2019FAO CLME+ Subproject on shrimp and groundfish of the NBSLME and REBYC-II LAC
6.10 Develop and implement initiatives for sustainably enhancing livelihoods by identifying and building capacity for diversification, viable alternative sources of Decent Work and/or improved incomes, and creating added value for current catchesNOFAOModerate progressMediumValue chain analyisis of shirmp and gorundfish value chains (related to trawling mainly) are complete in Trinidad, Brazil and Suriname. These show significant inefficiencies both in terms of poor utilization and low value adding. Activities are now underway in Suriname and Trinidad to build capacity in the value chain to prevent losses and increase utilization. This will lead to improved incomes. 30-Jun-2019REBYC-II LAC
6.11 Develop and implement sub-regional EAF management plans for shared fishery resources along the Guianas-Brazil ShelfYESFAOModerate progressLowIn early 2019 a Letter of Agreement was signed with the Centre for Resouce Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) for the development of a sub-regional management plan for the shrimp and groundfish resources, CERMES has been working on drafting the plan and the first draft will be presented in stakeholder meetings to be held in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago during the weeks of September 9th and September 16th 01/09/2019FAO CLME+ Subproject on shrimp and groundfish of the NBSLME
6.11 Develop and implement sub-regional EAF management plans for shared fishery resources along the Guianas-Brazil ShelfNOFAOModerate progressLowA draft strategy was reviewed by teh Shrimp and Groundfish working group. It is currently being updated so it may be re-submitted. 10/16/2019REBYC-II LAC

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