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

 

Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol) on the State of Convention Area Report (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. 

 

             [ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base (soon to be active)]  [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  group will contribute to the fulfillment 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 (soon to be active)]  [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 (soon to be active)]  [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 (soon to be active) ]  [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 (soon to be active)]  [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 (soon to be active)]  [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 fulfillment 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 (soon to be active)]  [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 (soon to be active)]  [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 (soon to be active)]  [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 (soon to be active)]  [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 (soon to be active)]  [Documents]

WORKING GROUP ON FISHERIES USING MFADS

The scope of the ad hoc working group is the development and management of moored FAD fishing in the [WECAFC Area 31], in a manner that is consistent with the long-term sustainability of associated pelagic fish resources and through the application of international best practices consistent with the precautionary and ecosystem approaches to fisheries management. The working group will take a multidisciplinary and participatory approach to the sustainable development of moored MFAD fishing for pelagics and will contribute to the fulfillment of national and regional management responsibilities for shared pelagic fish stock management

             [ToRs]  [Contacts Data Base]  [Documents]



Scientific & Technical Advisory Bodies and Committees


 

Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) to the Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) in the Wider Caribbean Region

Three such ad hoc working groups, dedicated respectively to Protected Areas, to Species and to Exemptions, already exist and should be updated and re-endorsed by the contracting parties under these Terms of Reference (ToR).

The Working Groups facilitate ongoing discussions on topics of interest to Contracting Parties and observers. There is no limited timeframe for Working Groups; they can remain in existence whilst there is a need for them. Once established, they remain an active standing committee unless otherwise designated by the STAC.

The Scientific, Technical and Advisory Committee (STAC) to the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS) in the Wider Caribbean

Following the entry into force of the LBS Protocol in August 2010, Article XIV of the LBS Protocol established the LBS STAC. Under Article XIII.2.c, the Secretariat of the Cartagena Convention is responsible for providing such assistance that the STAC may require to carry out its functions, as referred to in Article XIV.  We have gathered the following information from the first four meetings:

  1. First Meeting Oranjestad, Aruba, 5-7 June 2012
  2. Second Meeting Managua, 10-13 June 2014
  3. Third Meeting  Miami October 31 - November 2, 2016
  4. Fourth Meeting, Panama City 18th to 20th July 2018

Scientific Advisory Group (SAG)

The SAG is constituted of five scientists with suitable scientific qualifications and experience in fisheries who serve in their personal capacity. The SAG provides scientific advice to the Commission and its ad hoc working groups, assesses and reports to the Commission on the status of stocks in the area covered by the Commission and accesses the situation, trends and prospects of fisheries in the region. The SAG meets every two years in the year when the Commission meets.

 

The SAG meeting documents can be accessed here

 

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Regional Nodes & Activity Centres


RAC - REMPEITC CARIBE

The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency, Information and Training Centre – Caribe contributes to the sustainability of the marine environment in the Wider Caribbean Reg­ion by assistin­g countries to implement international conventions created to reduce pollution from ships.

Activities are largely funded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe assists countries in the Wider Caribbean Region to prevent and respond to pollution in the marine environment through:

• Developing and assessing national and multilateral contingency plans

• Training and workshops

• Technical support and consultancy

• Information and public awareness

Access to the RAMPEITC platform here

 

 

Centro de Ingeniería y Manejo Ambiental de Bahías y Costas - CIMAB

 

The Regional Activity Center (RAC) for the Protocol concerning Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol).The Center of Engineering and Environmental Management of Coasts and Bays (CIMAB) was designated as one of the two Regional Activity Centers (RAC) for the Protocol concerning Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol) in May 2002 at the Tenth Intergovernmental Meeting of the Caribbean Environment Programme. The mission of LBS/RAC-CIMAB is to contribute to the preservation of the marine and coastal environment, by means of research and application of sound scientific and technical solutions for the evaluation and control of marine pollution originating from land-based sources and activities.

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