Region’s conch, lobster trade under threat, say officials

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ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — The future of the Caribbean’s conch and lobster fisheries remains under threat despite regional efforts to protect it, regional fisheries officials said here yesterday.

The issue is at the top of the agenda of the 12th meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, the main technical and scientific decision-making body of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). The Belize-based agency coordinates the management of fisheries in the Caribbean Community (Caricom).

Acting Permanent Secretary in Dominica’s fisheries ministry, Harold Guiste, speaking at the start of the three-day meeting, highlighted efforts by the United States to declare conch an endangered species.

“It appears some countries are bent on wanting to exercise control over all the resources in the world,” despite regional systems in place to monitor the harvesting of the delicacies,” Guiste told delegates.

CRFM officials said the agency is concerned that since 2012, American environmental groups have called…

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