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Dominica Fisheries Division

The overall goal of the Fisheries Division is:

“Sustainable development of the living marine resources to meet human nutritional needs as well as contribute to national social, economic, and development goals, taking into account traditional knowledge and interests of local communities, small scale/artisanal fisheries and indigenous people.”

The Fisheries Division is an arm of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (currently under the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries). This department is tasked with the management of the marine resources for the benefit of the people of Dominica, including sustainable use and development of fisheries and other living coastal and offshore resources. Management is based on the recognition that the marine resources are significant to national development, the sustenance of livelihoods, the generation of employment and food and nutrition security.


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

The work of the Commission is guided by the following three principles

  • promote the application of the provisions of the FAO Code of Conduct on Responsible Fisheries and its related instruments, including the precautionary approach and the ecosystem approach to fisheries management;
  • ensure adequate attention to small-scale, artisanal and subsistence fisheries; and
  • coordinate and cooperate closely with other relevant international organizations on matters of common interest.

Fishery management advice and recommendations, based on the best available scientific information, are provided to member countries for their implementation by dedicated Working Groups, established by the Commission.

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)

The objective of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is to promote and support a sustainable use of the fishing and aquaculture resources for an economic and social development of the inhabitants of the Caribbean Community Member States (CARICOM).

The CRFM schedules an annual meeting of the Scientific Commission gathering several working groups. One of these groups is in charge of the large pelagic fish issues (in particular the dolphin fish and the blackfin tuna): The Large Pelagic Fisheries Working Groups (CRFM LPWG).

The CRFM Website displays a large number of documents from the CARICOM concerning fishing: recommendations on the management of the Caribbean fisheries, reports and studies, research papers, published literature and events.

The CRFM is co-animator of the working group on FADs fishing sustainable development in the FAO/WECAFC area.


The main goals of the Caribbean Fisheries Co-management project, also called CARIFICO, is to enhance the partnership among fisher and countries through FADs (Fish Aggregating Devices) co-management in six OECS countries and to promote sustainable use of fisheries and aquaculture resources by development, management and conservation of these resources in collaboration with stakeholders to benefit the people of the Caribbean region.

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ARMURE is a research unit which focus is to study the economic and legal dimensions of public policies related to maritime activities, the use of resources and ecosystem preservation in marine and coastal areas. The research in AMURE is structured in three domains and supported by an observation strategy.

  • Property rights and liability
  • Sustainability of socio-ecological systems and public policies
  • Territories and new ocean uses
University of Florida Sea Grant

The Florida Sea Grant College Program supports research and education activities that help Florida’s shoreline communities, industries and citizens wisely use the state’s coastal and marine resources.

If you or your organization needs Sea Grant assistance, you will most likely find help through the state network of marine extension agents and specialists that form the Sea Grant Extension Program, a component of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service.

Texas A&M University






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