Volume 72

Effective fisheries management redefining fisheries policies in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean region

Miller, V.
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Date: November, 2019

Pages: 126-128

Event: Proceedings of the Seventy-Two Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Punta Cana

Country: Dominican Republic


Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) facilitated a special session to share fisheries management and policy experiences and discuss how to advance sustainability in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean at the 72nd annual conference of GCFI on November 6, 2019 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. An international group of 15 diverse experts - government officials, fishers and fishing organization leaders, scientists and NGO representatives - presented case studies from Belize, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and the US on the implementation of fisheries management strategies and policies are being reshaped in the region to address priority challenges. These examples included single-species management, TURF systems, science-based decision-making, and community-based management. The session also highlighted Cuba’s new Fisheries Law that mandates science-based sustainable fisheries management and Belize’s upcoming Fisheries Bill which builds upon the successful adoption of a national tenure program for small-scale fisheries.

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