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					FLYING FISH PILOT PROJECT




      Milton Haughton
  Deputy Executive Director


        CRFM Secretariat
            Belize
CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
    Belize
     Purpose of presentation
To provide the Steering Committee with:

1. overview of the current draft of the
   flyingfish demonstration project and

2. Obtain input, guidance and concurrence
   on the direction of the demonstration
   project
                  CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                      Belize
           FLYINGFISH FISHERY
1. Fourwing flyingfish (Hirundichthys affinis)
2. Countries: Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada,
   St.Vincent & Grenadines, Barbados, St. Lucia,
   Dominica, Martinique
3. Most important small pelagic fishery
4. Landings : 3000 -4000 MT
5. Boats: 1700 (mainly small to medium size)
6. Socio-economically important
7. US$15 million in Barbados
8. Cultural icon


                    CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                        Belize
                                Photo: R. Mahon



CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
    Belize
Photo: R. Mahon




                  CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                      Belize
                   Objectives:
To establish a regular subregional management and policy
cycle for the flyingfish that: utilizes the best available
information from all sources, develops a regional
management plan, provides advice to a decision-making
body, makes and implements decisions.

Specific objectives include:
1. Identifying and engaging the full range of stakeholders in
   each stage of the cycle,
2. Establishing and operating the stages of the cycle,
3. Enhancing linkages between the regional cycle and
   other relevant cycles at lower and higher levels.

                        CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                            Belize
               Main Activities
1. Conduct stakeholder analysis - including assessment of
   capacity to take part in the regional management
   processes, identifying deficiencies in stakeholder
   organization, and specifying appropriate levels of
   involvement, reflecting importance and dependence on
   the fishery
2. Establish processes to build stakeholder organizations
   and improve their capacity for effective involvement in
   consultative processes at national and regional levels
3. Specification of, and obtaining stakeholder agreement
   upon, an appropriate policy cycle for flyingfish including
   mechanisms for each step:


                         CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                             Belize
                        Key Steps
1. Data and information collected and preliminary analysis conducted
   at the National level
2. Analysis and advice developed through a regional technical body,
3. Decision making body to be identified as a competent regional
   policy decision making forum. Initially this would likely be CARICOM
   Council for Trade & Economic Development (COTED). It should
   evolve to a body specifically dealing with fisheries matters, e.g. a
   Flyingfish Convention or a Sub-regional fisheries management
   organization.
4. Implementation would be at the national level.
5. Countries will report as required to the regional technical body
6. Monitoring and evaluation would be conducted
7. Research to address gaps identified by operating the cycle in bio-
   ecological & socio-economic information, and institutional
   arrangements should be conducted at national & regional levels



                             CRFM Secretariat    Flyingfish
                                 Belize
                         Outputs
A regional management plan:
1. Processes by which policy is set, decisions taken &
   implemented,
2. Objectives established through stakeholder and political
   consultation and existing international instruments
3. Actions to be taken at national and regional levels
4. Fisheries and ecosystem-based management actions
5. Research to fill the information gaps identified
6. Implementation of two full policy cycles of the process,
   including:
   o Review and adoption of the plan according to the processes,
   o Implementation of key actions,
   o Review and evaluation of implementation.


                           CRFM Secretariat    Flyingfish
                               Belize
    Management structure and
         accountability
1. The project will be led by the CRFM
2. Key Partners:
    i) CERMES, ii) IFREMER, iii)OECS,iv)
   WECAFC, v) Fisheries Departments, vi) fishing
   industry representatives and others.
3. There will be a Project Committee comprising
   representatives from these key agencies.
4. The CRFM will be accountable to the PRU for
   funds and pilot project outputs.
                   CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                       Belize
        CARIBBEAN REGIONAL FISHERIES
              MECHANSIM (CRFM)
                         MINISTERIAL COUNCIL
 COTED                   (Ministers Responsible
                              for Fisheries)




Scientific Committee
                                 FORUM                       Executive
                           (Fisheries Officials)             Committee


  Working Groups



                           CRFM SECRETARIAT
                                   & Technical Staff)
                       (ScientificSecretariat
                            CRFM                Flyingfish
                                 Belize
     ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
                            Executive Director
                                                                     Admin Unit
                                                                   Corporate Services
                                                                       Manager
                          Deputy Exc. Director


  Coordinator      Programme Manager      Program Manager          Program Manager
Advocacy, Policy       Statistics &         Research and           Fish. Management
 and Planning          Information          Assessments               development




                                        Grad. Assistant/           Grad. Assistant/
  Biologist
                                           Biologist                  Biologist




                               CRFM Secretariat       Flyingfish
                                   Belize
        OBJECTIVES OF CRFM

“(a) efficient management and sustainable
   development of marine resources;
 (b) the promotion and establishment of
   co-operative arrangements among
   interested States for the efficient
   management of shared, straddling or
   highly migratory species “
            (Article 4, CRFM Agreement, 2002)
                  CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                      Belize
  Stakeholders and beneficiaries
Stakeholders:
• Stakeholders are national governmental and regional
  intergovernmental management agencies, boat owners,
  fishers, vendors, processors, retailers, exporters and all
  persons engaged in associated support activities.
Beneficiaries:
• Beneficiaries are all who earn a living from flyingfish and
  consumers.
• Tourism may benefit from availability of a highly popular
  Caribbean seafood dish
• Countries may benefit from reduction in cost of importing
  seafood for consumption.
                         CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                             Belize
      Institutional sustainability
                strategy
• The strategy for long-term sustainability is important
• Once the policy and management cycles have been
  established and operated, stakeholders will begin to
  appreciate their value and to recognize the benefits that
  can be derived.
• It may take longer than two years for this to become
  self-supporting
• During implementation, alternatives to direct government
  support will be explored.
• Discussions will be pursued with stakeholders to
  encourage them to support the processes required for
  transboundary management of flyingfish.

                        CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                            Belize
         Replication, Monitoring &
                Evaluation
Replicability
• The establishment of a functional policy and
  management cycle with appropriate linkages to national
  and local entities as well as to regional and global cycles
  will provide an example that can be adapted to other
  situations of shared fishery resources.

Monitoring and evaluation
• A programme of monitoring and evaluation will be
  developed based on GEF indicators for resource status,
  governance processes and environmental pressures


                         CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                             Belize
            NEXT STEPS
• Receive your comments and suggestions
• Prepare full proposal for submission with
  project




                  CRFM Secretariat   Flyingfish
                      Belize

				
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