Fisheries Ministers discuss regional management of flying fish

life-flying-fish_1523792iDominica’s Fisheries Minister recently joined other Fisheries Ministers from the region to discuss the management of the region’s flying fish.

Dr. Kenneth Darroux attended the Caribbean Ministers of fisheries Council Meeting in Trinidad last week. The meeting was convened by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

The Ministers reviewed the urgent governance and management issues challenging the seven Caribbean countries currently harvesting the flying fish.
“The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the management of the flying fish. As we are aware the Caribbean form a chain of islands and marine resources are highly migratory species. We have to collaborate in an effort to manage this resource properly, because whatever one country does that has an adverse effect on that particular species it is going to affect the fishing stocks of the other Caribbean countries” Mr. Darroux explained.

The meeting was called primarily to inform the Ministers for Fisheries of the CARICOM Community on work done so far by the various groups and expert organizations on the management of the flying fish. The meeting also looked at issues relating to migration, pollution, climate change and global warming.

Guadeloupe and Martinique are important participants in the flying fish fishery in the Caribbean.

Hon. Darroux said the meeting emphasized the need for closer cooperation with France at all levels, to ensure coordinated and concerted action for sustainable use, conservation and management of the flying fish resources and other shared fish stocks.
“Also coming out of this meeting was the role that the French overseas departments should play in helping the rest of CARICOM member states in managing our marine resources. While Guadeloupe and Martinique remains overseas departments of France, we have to include them in our discussions”Hon. Darroux noted.

The Fisheries ministers used the meeting to urge countries to ensure that consultations with stakeholders at the national level are held and the updating of the draft fisheries management plan for the flying fish is completed in a timely manner.

The final plan is expected to be submitted to the sub-committee for endorsement at its next sitting in May 2013 in Barbados.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 4, 2013


    Are you an idiot? Can’t you read? This is exactly what is being put in place in now? SMH.

    My suggestion to you is; It’s better to be thought of as an idiot, than to open your mouth (or type stuff), and remove all doubt!!

  2. Magnolia
    March 4, 2013

    Why wasn’t the CFO part o that meeting? It’s experts like him we need to deal with the fishing issue. What’ does medical doc Darroux about flying fish. Round pegs in triangles – where will we go with this?

  3. Senior Citizen
    March 4, 2013

    In the absence of other traditional fish, our fisherfolk should be encouraged to catch the lionfish, fillet them and sell them. I have tasted the lion fish and it is delicious!

    March 4, 2013

    DNO: Can you address the question to Dr. Kenneth Darroux, what plan of action has been approved to save the “flying fish” population in Dominica.

  5. Change the date
    March 4, 2013

    Great move by the Ministers, but I would urge these gentlemen to have a series of consultations with the fisherfolks around the caribbean to help eradicate that plaque called the LION FISH. This lionfish has contaminated our Caribbean waters and has been giving our fishermen lots of competition in there fish pots thus possing a threat to the other species of fish that are caught in the local fishpots.This is a clowned fish that escaped from an aquarium from the US, I think from Florida.Our governments should seek some compensation from the US government for thier negligence which is affecting our fishing industry.

    • budman
      March 4, 2013

      Escaped or did the US let go willfully?

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