Analia Murias reports for World News on a regional plan for protecting Caribbean fisheries:
A group of delegates from the Organization of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of Central America (Ospesca) and of the Community of Caribbean States (Caricom), are meeting in Belize over the next two days to design a plan to protect the marine resources of the Caribbean Sea.
“The purpose of the meeting, which will be held for the first time, is to create an action plan for responsible fisheries throughout the Caribbean, since Central America has already designed models for governance, but it is necessary to extend them to the entire Caribbean Sea,” Ospesca director, Mario Gonzalez, told AFP.
The resources of the Caribbean Sea “know no borders” and are affected by the impact of climate change, overfishing and illegal fishing, González explained. It is, therefore, necessary to “agree and implement” a plan to “ensure sustainability of marine products over time.”
At the meeting, the representatives from Central America will try to provide expertise to the Caribbean as to the aquaculture field, generating huge profits.
The meeting will be attended by Ospesca technical commission delegates and those from the 17 countries forming part of the Regional Mechanism of Fisheries in the Caribbean (CRFM).