A press release from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock reads:
With the support of international organizations, indigenous or native communities who practice artisanal fishing in Central America, will make agreements that guarantee the sustainability of small-scale fisheries, uniting responsible fishing and social development.
The agreements, which emerge from a 3-day session that begins today in El Salvador, are to be formed between fishermen active in Central America, Panama and Belize, who live in indigenous or native communities that practice small scale or subsistence level fishing.
The meeting, entitled "first exchange of indigenous communities of artisanal fisheries in Central America", is sponsored by the Organization of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of Central America (OSPESCA), with support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), through the Development Center for Fisheries and Aquaculture (CENDEPESCA).
Currently, El Salvador has the President pro tempore of the international body, therefore the opening of this meeting was conducted by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Hugh Alexander Flores.
Source: Agriculture and Livestock Ministry of El Salvador
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From March 1 to June 30 the ban extends on catching lobsters in the Central American Caribbean.
Panamaamerica.com.pa reports that "the ban will be extended until 30 June under enforcement of Honduran legislation and the Regional Regulations for Fisheries Ordinance of the spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), said the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) in Honduras ".
The region believes it is important to bring to the Annual Meeting of the IATTC an agenda regarding the responsible use of marine resources and sustainable operations which benefit the fishing resource.
From a press release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture of Costa Rica (MAG):
A closed season for fishing for shellfish will be in effect from March to June, from Belize to Panama.
The ban aims to protect the species from overfishing in the period of increased reproduction and is effective from the coasts of Belize all the way to Panama.
"In order to protect the species, from Belize to Panama a temporary suspension of fishing for spiny lobster will apply from March 1st to June 30th", said Mario Gonzalez, the AFP director of the Organization of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of Central America (OSPESCA),.
In contrast to the forecasts of reduced fish resources, an increase in production of mollusk in the region has been projected.
In the region there are about 150 thousand artisanal fishermen of which about 2,500 are devoted to the cultivation of oysters, especially in Costa Rica and El Salvador.