Working Groups

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Working Groups, Technical Advisory Bodies, and Regional Centres in the CLME+ Region

An overview of the work and progress of the working groups, Scientific and Technical Advisory Bodies and Committees and Regional Nodes and Activity Centres that are serving the CLME+ region.

Working Groups in the CLME+ Region

LBS SOCAR

Developing an outline for the SOCAR is the first step in our efforts to move beyond earlier pollutant loading reports to evaluate environmental conditions of the Convention area based on issues defined in the LBS Protocol.

The goal is to develop a standardized reporting format that would assist contracting parties/countries in reporting on the State of the Convention Area and assist in the development of a regional report on the State of the Convention Area as required under Article XII of the LBS Protocol.

             [ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]

             

Spiny Lobster

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the working group contributes to the sustainable conservation and management of the Caribbean spiny lobster fisheries. In pursuing this goal, the  will contribute to the fulfilment of national and regional responsibilities for the management of Caribbean spiny lobster stock and related or interacting species or fisheries in the WECAFC region under the code of conduct for responsible fisheries, and in accordance with agreed, documented management goals including ensuring the livelihoods of the people depending on these resources.

[ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]

Queen Conch

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the working group will contribute to the sustainable conservation and management of the Queen Conch fisheries and trade. In pursuing this goal, the working group will contribute to the fulfillment of national, regional and international responsibilities and commitments for the management and conservation of and trade in Queen conch and related or interacting species or fisheries in the WECAFC Region under the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and in accordance with agreed, documented management goals including ensuring the livelihoods of the people depending on these resources.  

                                     [ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]

Shrimp and Ground Fish

The scope of the working group is to provide scientific and management advice for the sustainable management of the shrimp and groundfish resources of the Northern Brazil-Guianas shelf in the WECAFC Region. Using a multidisciplinary approach the working group will contribute to the sustainable management of the shrimp and groundfish resources of the Brazil-Guianas shelf by providing management advice to Members of WECAFC based on the best available knowledge.

 

             [ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents Library]

Data and Statistics

The aim of the envisioned FDS working group was to strengthen FDS-WG will report to the WECAFC Commission.  Formulate recommendations and guidelines for data collection and statistics. This Working Group will report to the WECAFC Commission. As one of their principal activities, will be to formulate recommendations and guidelines for data collection and statistics, to develop standardized data collection formats and templates to be collectively considered for coordinated national and regional implementation, and collaboration on fisheries data and statistics, among others.

 

           [ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]

             

 

Deep Sea Fisheries

 

The objective of the Working group is to inform and provide guidance for the management of deep sea fisheries by WECAFC members, in such a manner as to promote responsible fisheries that provide economic opportunities, while ensuring the conservation of marine living resources and the protection of marine biodiversity and to facilitate the implementation of the FAO International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas.

 

[ ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents Library]

Recreational Fisheries

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the Working Group will contribute to the sustainable management of recreational fisheries in the WECAFC Region, by providing scientific and management advice to Members of WECAFC based on the best available knowledge. In pursuing this goal the Working Group will contribute to the fulfilment of national and regional responsibilities for the marine environment and for the management of recreational fisheries and resources, and related or interacting species, or other interacting fisheries in the WECAFC Region under the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, in line with the principles of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries, the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, and in accordance with agreed, documented management goals.

  [ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]

Flyingfish in the Eastern Caribbean

 

 

The scope of the Working Group is to facilitate the achievement of management objectives as outlined in the respective sub-regional management plan for flyingfish in the Eastern Caribbean, through the application of international best practices consistent with the precautionary, ecosystem and participatory approaches to fisheries management. These management objectives are: a) sustained flyingfish resources (biological objective), b) optimal use of the flyingfish resource for long-term benefit (socio- economic objective) and c) sustained ecosystem health (ecological objective).

 

  [ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]

Spawning Aggregations

 

The working group will carry out the following tasks:

  • Compile and analyze data on spawning aggregations in the member countries and monitor any changes.
  • Seek partnerships with other institutions that could provide assistance in the monitoring, evaluation, and recommendations for management for protection and conservation of spawning aggregations.
  • Provide advice on the management and implementation of regional strategies and regulations to protect spawning aggregations.
  • Report to the appropriate institutions at each session.

[ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]

WORKING GROUP ON ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING (RWG-IUU)

The objective of the RWG-IUU is to improve coordination and cooperation between national organizations/institutions responsible for fisheries-related MCS in support of their common efforts to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing.

 

[ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]

CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF SHARKS 

 

 

 

The objective of the Working Group is to provide a basis for the conservation and sustainable management of shark populations in WECAFC member countries. In pursuing this goal, the Working Group will be supporting the members in fulfilling the national and regional responsibilities for the conservation and management of sharks as specified by WECAFC.

 

[ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]

FISHERIES DATA AND STATISTICS WORKING GROUP

 

The FDS-WG will report to the WECAFC Commission:

  • Formulate recommendations and guidelines for data collection and statistics.
  • Develop standardized data collection formats and templates to be collectively considered for coordinated national and regional implementation.
  • Conduct work under direction from the WECAFC Commission, and in close interaction with the WECAFC Secretariat emphasizing the prioritization of work activities in alignment and support of WECAFC towards becoming a fully functional and effective RFMO.
  • Develop biennial work plans prioritizing activities and identify actions to be taken, and annually provide a report of activities, outputs, and prioritized future work plans with considerations for specified intervals (short term1-2 years, medium term 3-5 years, as well as general directions for the long term) to the Secretariat.

[ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]

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