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FISHERIES FOR FISHERS INITIATIVE

Ensuring that fishers are engaged and empowered to contribute to the wise management of the region’s marine resources.

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Building capacity in partnership with the region’s Marine Protected Areas managers.

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Advancing the goals of sustainable use, wise
management, conservation, and restoration of
marine and estuarine fisheries and resources in
the Region by providing a forum for the exchange
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decision-makers, scientists, managers, educators,
resource users, and students.

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GLADDING MEMORIAL AWARD

Peter Gladding was a model of the commercial fisher who became a profoundly influential conservationist. His vision of responsible fisheries management from the industry perspective helped lead to the establishment of the Tortugas Ecological Reserve in Florida. Read mroe about his life and this fitting tribute.

70TH ANNUAL GCFI

Merida, Mexico
November 2017

General Information

GCFI_70_logoThe 70th Annual conference of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute will be held in Merida, Mexico, from 6-10 November 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Merida Hotel. The meeting is being hosted by the CINVESTAV, Unidad Merida; Instituto Technologico de Merida y Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan.

The First Announcement and Call for Papers can be found here: [En] [Es] [Fr]. For more information, please visit the conference web page

Conference Theme

CONFERENCE THEME

The theme of the Conference is “TOWARDS THE SUSTAINABILITY OF TROPICAL FISHERIES STRATEGIES, MODELS AND TOOLS”. The initiative is based on the interest of the membership of the GCFI to call attention to users on the importance of sustainable oceans through the implementation of sustainable fisheries and marine resource management. We recognize that new sustainability-oriented projects are needed in order to reset ecological balances, to change consumption and production patterns, to promote ecological efficiency, and to restore social equity conditions. The conference will emphasize the stakeholder processes to identify fisheries management strategies that put fisheries on the path to sustainability. In particular, we encourage presentations that guides the user in identifying the appropriate monitoring, assessment and management options for a specific fishery, given its socio-economic and governance context, goals and needs.

Keynote address by Dr B. Semmens at #GCFI69- Fish Spawning Aggregation Monitoring and Management in the Modern Era youtube.com/watch?v=y0IwI-…