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A big welcome from the Northern Fishermen Cooperative Society limited who explained about the operations of the cooperative. ... See MoreSee Less

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The National Fishermen Cooperative Society Limited has offered a tour of the processing plant to the Bahamas delegation. They are doing its annual renovations during the close season. Currently the lobster and conch seasons are closed in #Belize. The lobster season will open on the 1st July. ... See MoreSee Less

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🐠On 20th June 2024 a meeting was held between a delegation from the #bahamas and the National Fishermen CooperativeSocietyLimited.

🐚Topics ranged from the processing and marketing of lobster and conch, traceability, Manage Access, fishing gears and techniques and much more.

🦑Participants of the meeting were:

Mr. Elmer Rodriguez, Chairperson of National Fishermen Cooperative Society Limited led his delegation of the managing committe members, processing plant manager and executive director.

➡️Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance, President Mr. Adrian LaRoda; and Ms. Sharease Cephas

➡️Bahamas Development Bank, Ms. Tamika McFall

➡️Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association Executive Director, Mr. Sydney Fuller

➡️Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations - Belize based Administrative Officer Ms. Nadine Nembhard.

🦞This exchange is made possible through funding from Builders Initiative and #GCFI.

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI)
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Fisheries meeting in Bahamas hosted in September 2010. Belize delegation represented #bahamas #Belize #learningexchange
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The 3 person delegation from the Bahamas paid a courtesy visit to the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)

For more about the CRFM visit:
crfm.int/

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI)
GCFI Fisheries for Fishers Initiative
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President Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance. Mr. Adrian LaRoda and the CNFO unplanned meet-up with Mrs. Imani Fairweather Morrison, program officer at Oak Foundation.

Like we were put on, we want to share information on #turning #tides, which is a new international giving facility that has been carefully designed to support rights recognition and tenure security of local communities, small-scale fishers and fish workers, and Indigenous.
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Mr. Sydney Fuller is the Executive Director of the Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association who gave a history of the formation of the cooperatives in #Belize. The BFCA was formed on 23rd October 1970. It is the second oldest fishing association of the CNFO membership, the oldest being the Jamaica Fishermen Co-op Union Ltd. ... See MoreSee Less

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➡️ #Belize’s fisheries sector supports over 3,189 fishers directly and over 15,000 Belizeans indirectly (BFD, 2023).

➡️This sector continues to play a significant role in the national economy with export earnings valued at $42 million Belize dollars (BFD, 2023).

➡️More than 50% of the licensed fisherfolk are between the ages of 18 and 35 years and most of these fisherfolk originate from rural and coastal communities.

➡️The fisherfolk cooperatives that exist today are Northern Fishermen Cooperative Society Ltd, National Fishermen Cooperative Society Limited, and Rio Grande Cooperative.

➡️They employ over 100 fulltime employees who are responsible for processing, packaging, and administrating the daily activities.
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🐠On 19th June 2024 a meeting was held between a delegation from the #bahamas and the Belize Fisheries Department.

🐚Topics ranged from the updated Belize Fisheries Resources Act 2020, Belize Fisheries Regulations to be completed by 2025, Co-management arrangements, Blue Bond agreements, Marine Protected Areas, Belize Blue Economy Policy Strategy, Marine Spacial Planning, incentive proposals for fisherfolk, intersection between fisheries and tourism sector, ideas around cooperative formation and some more.

🦑Participants of the meeting were:

➡️Ag. Fisheries Administrator Mr. Rigoberto Quintana
Fisheries Officer Ms. Isabel Martinez
Assistant Fisheries Officer Ms. Abigail Quiroz

➡️Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance, President Mr. Adrian LaRoda; and Ms. Sharease Cephas

➡️Bahamas Development Bank, Ms. Tamika McFall

➡️Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association Executive Director, Mr. Sydney Fuller

➡️Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations - Belize based Administrative Officer Ms. Nadine Nembhard.

🦞This exchange is made possible through funding from Builders Initiative and #GCFI.

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI)
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Rio Grande Fishing Cooperative just finished its renovation and is looking forward to the opening of the 2024 to 2025 lobster season. The lobster season in Belize opens 1st July. ... See MoreSee Less

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Craig Cephas of Bahamas caught a Pompano/Jack . Sassy Cassie & Ron's Hot Spot ... See MoreSee Less

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Two board members of the CNFO.

L-R Mr. Armando Ramirez, treasurer of CNFO
and representative of the Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association . Mr. Adrian LaRoda board member representing the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance.

Exchange of valuable information on fisheries issues. Both countries share in similar experience and can learn from each other.

Major fish products are conch and lobster for both countries.
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BFCA Armando Ramirez and Mr. Sydney Fuller welcoming the three delegates from Bahamas Adrian Laroda and the two beautiful ladies, one responsible for project development Tamika McFall and a board member of BCFA, Ms. Sharease Cephas. ... See MoreSee Less

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History in the making.
Belize is leading with the formation of a national women's fishers organization.

Congratulations to the new executive.🎉𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐬 🎉 to the newly-elected executive National Women in Fisheries Association.

Elections for the seven members were held Monday June 17 during the 7th annual Women in Fisheries Forum.

Elected Board Members are:
Chairwoman -Mrs. Paula Jacobs Williams, of Punta Negra;
Vice-Chairwoman -Mrs. Veronica Tun, of Dangriga;
Treasurer - Ms. Shereene Miranda, from Hopkins;
Secretary - Ms. Isela Martinez from Riversdale; and
Councillors- Ms. Olga Colon from Barranco; Ms. Karen Belgrave from Belize City; and Cristalee Valerio from Seine Bight.

The membership of the association consists of women involved pre-harvest, harvest, post-harvest, informal day-to-day fishing activities within the family setting, and value-added activities in the fishing sector.

These women are from a total of eleven fishing communities including Barranco, Punta Negra, Placencia, Seine Bight, Riversdale, Hopkins, Dangriga, Belize City, Lemonal, Chunox, and Sarteneja, with a vision to grow in membership.

The next step is to legally register the association.

#womensinfisheries #WIFF7 #fisheries #women_association
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The Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance. , Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) , Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association

Collaborating on a fishers exchange of three Bahamian delegates to Belize for understanding of the Belize fishing industry.

Today the delegation visited the village of Hopkins to participate in the women's in fisheries forum.

This exchange is made possible through the support of Builders.

Adrian LaRoda
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