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Marine Management Conference in Barbados

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, October 30, 2014

From 3rd –7th November 2014, UWI Cave Hill will host 67th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference at the Accra Beach Hotel, under the theme Small islands, big issues: applying fisheries and marine science to solve problems and create opportunities. The theme acknowledges 2014 as the UN International Year for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and also the 20th anniversary of the Barbados (SIDS) Programme of Action, crafted at the first international SIDS conference held here in 1994.

The annual meeting of the GCFI, now in its 67th year, is the largest and best-known multi-disciplinary marine science conference in the wider Caribbean region. It focuses mainly on ecological and social topics related to fisheries and marine protected areas.

Every year, since 1947, GCFI has brought together about 200-300 university scientists and other researchers, resource managers, resource users, graduate students, environmental NGOs, inter-governmental organisations and donor agencies. They gather for technical–scientific presentations and workshops on current issues and research in marine science. The conference was last held in Barbados in 1996.

Maria Pena and Patrick McConney of the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) in the Faculty of Science and Technology secured UWI Cave Hill Campus’ position as host following a successful proposal to the GCFI Board of Directors at the 2013 annual meeting.

GCFI ( was established in 1947 to promote the exchange of information on the use and management of marine resources in the Gulf and Caribbean region. Every year CERMES faculty and graduate students participate in the GCFI conference, making presentations and being involved in, or organizing, workshops.


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