The Department of Marine Resources (DMR), in conjunction with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), held a presentation to engage local fishermen in the work of creating the framework for the sustainable management of The Bahamas’ marine resources.
The meeting, held at the Parish Hall in Marsh Harbour on February 5, was chaired by Edison Deleveaux, Deputy Director of the Department of Marine Resources, and Junior Professional Officer concerning Fisheries Policy Analyst of the FAO, Carlos Fuentevilla presented the information.
Mr. Fuentevilla told the audience of local fishermen that their opinions and ideas were important to the creation of policy to manage Bahamian fisheries.
He said that the goal of the FAO, who was engaged at the request of the Bahamian government, is to create a fishery and aquaculture policy and strategic plan for the country.
They would also seek to establish a Fisheries Management Information System (FMIS) to help the DMR to be able to track the country’s marine resources.
He said they would work to assess the potential for aquaculture development in The Bahamas while also assessing the socio-economic impact of recreational fisheries.
In the end the project would lead to increased commitment through a policy framework for a sustainable fisheries and aquaculture industry in The Bahamas.