USA considers listing Queen Conch as threatened or endangered

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Press Release – October 12, 2012 – CARIBBEAN REGIONAL FISHERIES MECHANISM SECRETARIAT – A United States petition submitted this March to list the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) as a threatened or endangered species, the status of the implementation of a common fisheries policy for CARICOM, and the joint action plan and Belize Declaration signed this September in the historic joint meeting of Central American and Caribbean fisheries Ministers will be priority items on the agenda of the upcoming 3rd Special Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

The special forum, to be chaired by The Bahamas, is being held to coincide with the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which will be observed from October 14 to 20, under the theme: “Celebrating Youth and Gender in Caribbean Agriculture – Each Endeavoring, All Achieving.”

Seventeen Ministers from across the Caribbean are expected to converge at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, for the meeting slated for Thursday, October 18, 2012.

On the sidelines of Thursday’s gathering, 8 Ministers who sit on the CRFM’s ministerial subcommittee on flying fish will also convene their first meeting, also to be chaired by The Bahamas, as they discuss the recommendations of the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME) case study which looks into policy, legal frameworks and institutional investments in the flying fish fishery – the single most important small pelagic fishery in the southern Lesser
Antilles. The subcommittee will also review the report of the 1st meeting of the CRFM/WECAFC Working Group on the flyingfish fishery in the Eastern Caribbean.

Due to concerns about overfishing, the CRFM is working with the region to implement management plans for sustainable harvesting of the flying fish. The fourwing flying fish (Hirundichthys affinis) is a shared resource which is exploited by seven countries: Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Martinique (France), St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

For more information, please contact: Milton Haughton, Executive Director, CRFM Secretariat;
P.O. Box 642, Princess Margaret Drive, Belize City, Belize
Tel: 501-223-4443 Fax: 501-223-4446
Email: haughton@caricom-fisheries.com
miltonhaughton@hotmail.com
crfm@btl.net

 

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