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  • The 144th Regular Council meeting convened on December 19-20, 2012, at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort in St Thomas, USVI. Documents from the 144th CFMC Meeting are available in the Council’s website.



  • The Council recognized Ms. Aida Rosario for her contributions to the Council. This was her last meeting as Designee to the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. She was retiring from her PR DNER job and had been with us for numerous years. The Council presented her with a farewell gift.



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  • 2012 Performance Award - On December 2012, Iris Oliveras received the CFMC 2012 performance award, here with María de los Angeles,Fiscal Officer and Graciela García-Moliner, FMP and Habitat Specialist. see video


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  • Meeting of the Working Group on Queen Conch (QCWG), Panama City, Panama, 23–25 October 2012. CFMC/OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM

A Queen Conch Expert Workshop was convened 22-24 May 2012 to develop recommendations for the sustainable and legal management of this species. The organizations listed above convened this meeting with funding from the Caribbean Fishery Management Council to consider the recommendations of the Expert Workshop, along with other ideas for adoption and follow-up.

Background: Queen conch (Strombus gigas) has been listed in Appendix II of CITES since 1992 and remains its most heavily-traded marine species. It is a candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This high level of trade attracted two significant trade studies to ascertain the sustainability of international trade in the species. Subsequent actions by CITES resulted in prohibitions and restrictions on exports from some countries, but greatly increased cooperation on the management of this species, not only among countries in the region, but also between fisheries and CITES authorities. more information...


photo: Patricia Murillo

  • At the 143rd Meeting the CFMC authorized a Cash Award to Diana Martino and Natalia Perdomo for their excelent work on the 2012 CHOW & 37th NOAA Fish Fry, also to Livia M. Montalvo for her excelent work on the remake of the CFMC Website.


photo: Miguel Rolón

  • The 143rd Regular Council Meeting convened in Fajardo, Puerto Rico at the Conquistador Hotel on August 28-29, 2012. Documents from the 143rd CFMC Meeting are available in the Council’s website.


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  • Re-appointed member Carlos Farchette and new council member Eugenio Piñeiro were sworn in by Dr. Roy Crabtree, SE Regional administrator . The CFMC elected Carlos Farchette as the CFMC Chair and Eugenio Piñeiro as Vice-Chair officials.


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  • Dr. Roy Crabtree, SERO Regional Administrator, Carlos Farchette, Eugenio Piñeiro, from left to right.


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  • The Council recognized Todd Gedamke (SERSC), Bill Arnold (SERO), Roy Crabtree (R.A./SERO) and Graciela García-Moliner (Council Staff), for their contributions to the advancement of the Council’s goals and objectives in the effective management of the fisheries in Puerto Rico and the U S Virgin Islands.

Dr. R. Crabtree, Carlos Farchette and Dr. B. Arnold


Dr. T. Gedamke, Graciela García-Moliner, Carlos Farchette and Diana Martino

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The Caribbean Fishery Management Council participated for the third time, with other Regional Fishery Management Councils, at the 37th Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW).


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