Description/achievement of initiative
The general objective of the Commission is to promote the effective conservation, management and development of the living marine resources of the area of competence of the Commission, in accordance with the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, and address common problems of fisheries management and development faced by members of the Commission. 16 of WECAFC's 35 members are considered small island developing States.
Fishery scientists, experts, managers and decision-makers of member countries, Regional partner organizations and NGOs participate in the working groups, which have specific terms of reference and are time bound. The data used by the working groups to generate fishery management advice and (non-binding) recommendations are collected by the participating countries and NGOs. Countries and relevant stakeholders are invited to make the non-binding recommendations binding at the national level by incorporating these in national laws, regulations, policies and management plans.All the working groups will conduct activities captured in the Approved Work Programme for the period 2014 -2015. Examples of goals include application of the 2010 FAO International Guidelines on Bycatch Management and Reduction of Discards by WECAFC members; capacity building among WECAFC members for implementation of the Port States Measures Agreement in the WECAFC region; establishment of a joint WECAFC/CRFM/OSPESCA Working Group on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing; implementation of the strategy, action plan and programme proposal on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in fisheries and aquaculture in the CARICOM region; organization of an FAO/WECAFC Training workshop for fisherfolk and fisheries managers on marine protected area (MPA) management; resource assessment carried out and a draft regional management plan Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus; development and endorsement of the Subregional Fisheries Management Plan for Flyingfish in the Eastern Caribbean; development of a draft regional management plan for Queen Conch, Strombus gigas.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Each Working group has elements of Capacity Building and Technology Transfer
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
WECAFC accomplishes most of its work through the following Working Groups, which are general joint efforts with other regional partner institutions:1. OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM/CFMC Working Group on Spiny Lobster 2. WECAFC/OSPESCA/CRFM/CFMC Working Group on Recreational Fisheries3. CFMC/OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM Queen Conch Working Group 4. IFREMER/WECAFC Working Group on Development of Sustainable Moored Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) Fishing in the Lesser Antilles (see also http://en.magdelesa.eu/ )5. CRFM/WECAFC Flying fish in the Eastern Caribbean Working Group 6. WECAFC Working Group on the management of deep-sea fisheries 7. CFMC/WECAFC Spawning Aggregations Working Group 8. WECAFC/CRFM/IFREMER Working Group on Shrimp and Groundfish in the Northern Brazil-Guianas Shelf9. CRFM/WECAFC Working Group on IUU Fishing10. OSPESCA/WECAFC Working Group on Sharks
Member governments: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, France, European Community, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Korea (Rep. of), Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.
Regional partner organizations: Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the Organization of Fisheries for the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA), Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP). NGOs, experts and academic organizations