Friday, September 21, 2012

UN's FAO spent $1.1 Million to study shared stock of shrimp and groundfish in Guianas

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The Food and  Agriculture Organ-isation (FAO) of the United Nations has facilitated a case study on the shared stocks of shrimps and groundfish in the Guianas-Brazil Shelf under the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME) Project.

In a release, the FAO said the overall objective of the project is to improve management practices of the shrimp and groundfish fishery at the national and sub-regional levels, to ensure that maximum benefits can be gained from these resources and to improve livelihoods of those directly and indirectly dependent on these fisheries. The project commenced in July 2011, and is expected to be completed in November 2012.

Guyana, Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago are involved in the study, whereby each country is expected to prepare a Baseline Report on the current situation with respect to their shrimp and groundfish fishery. A draft report was prepared for Guyana and several priority issues and suggested actions were identified. The report is expected to be validated by stakeholders.

To this end, the FAO, in collaboration with the Fisheries Department of the Agriculture Ministry, will be convening a National Stakeholder Consultation workshop. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 18, at the Regency Suites Hotel, Hadfield Street.

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