Caribbean support to the Copenhagen Declaration and the Blue Justice Initiative

On the 21. May 2021, The Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), an institution of CARICOM, adopted a resolution on the Copenhagen Declaration on Transnational Organized Crime in the Global Fishing industry and the Blue Justice Initiative. 

The Ministerial Council of CRFM consists of the Ministers responsible for fisheries from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands. 

The CRFM-secretariat is located in Belize and are part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Picture from a previous session of the Ministerial Council. Photo CRFM-secretariat

In the resolution the Ministers highlighted that IUU-fishing and Transnational Organized Crime in the global fishing industry constitute a serious threat to the security and sustainable use of the living marine resources and marine biodiversity. And that it jeopardizes the food security and blue economic development of the countries in the region. 

The chair of the Ministerial Council is Minister Hon. Saboto Caesar of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines photo: CRFM-secretariat

It was also stated that the Ministerial Council “supports the Copenhagen Declaration and encourages Ministers responsible for fisheries to individually support the declaration and convey their interest in cooperating and benefitting from the Blue Justice Initiative…” 

The CRFM promotes and facilitates the responsible utilization of the region’s fisheries and other aquatic resources for the economic and social benefits of the people of the region. The CRFM consist of three bodies – the Ministerial Council; the Caribbean Fisheries Forum; and the CRFM Secretariat.