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Ministerial subcommittee on flyingfish call stakeholders to action

Fisheries ministers meet to discuss issues relating to the harvesting of the Eastern Caribbean Flyingfish.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Fisheries ministers, who met last Friday in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to review urgent governance and management issues challenging the seven Caribbean countries that currently harvest the Eastern Caribbean flyingfish (scientific name: Hirundichthys affinis), are calling stakeholders across the region to action.

At the ministerial meeting, convened by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and chaired by The Bahamas, the CRFM Ministerial Sub-Committee on Flyingfish issued a call to stakeholders, asking them to ensure that the necessary technical consultations and analyses are completed to ensure that the final strategic action programme (SAP) report, which will be used to lobby for funding, adequately provides for the interests and needs of the people of the CARICOM/CRFM states.

The ministers also called upon the countries to ensure that the consultations with stakeholders at the national level and the updating of the draft fisheries management plan for the flyingfish are completed in a timely manner, so that the final plan can be submitted to the sub-committee for endorsement at its next sitting in May 2013 in Barbados.

The ministers noted that Martinique (the French Island) is an important participant in the flyingfish fishery and emphasized the need for closer cooperation with France at all levels, to ensure coordinated and concerted action for sustainable use, conservation and management of the flyingfish resources and other shared fish stocks.

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