Activity Sustainable Management of By-catch in Latin-America and the Caribbean Trawl fisheries (REBYC II LAC).
Country Suriname
Last update: 03/05/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministerie of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Yolanda Babb
Budget US - US Dollar 22,998,490
Project period 01/03/2015 to 01/02/2020
Countries: Suriname 
Summary Tropical and subtropical shrimp/bottom trawl fishing is highly multispecies and the quantity of bycatch amounts up to 10-15 times more than the quantity of the targeted (shrimp) catch (in quantity). This bycatch is composed mainly of juveniles of targeted species of other fisheries and non-targeted species, small-sized fish species and incidentally caught turtles. Furthermore, the shrimp trawling may cause destruction of sensitive seabed habitats which is a concern. In general, shrimp and other key target species in the project countries are overexploited. Because of generally decreasing catches and increasing costs of operation, many fishers find it difficult to maintain the profitability of their operations. The root causes of these problems include the economic reality of the fisheries sector and global drivers such as growing demand for fishery products. While the project cannot easily change the macroeconomic context, it can address the barriers to better management of bycatch and in this way support the sustainable development of the trawling sector and the people who depend on and are influenced by it, including also other fisheries. This includes: (i) ensuring that enabling institutional and regulatory frameworks are in place; (ii) encouraging effective management of bycatch through improved information, participatory approaches and appropriate incentives; and (iii) supporting enhanced and equitable livelihoods.
Background • Total number of vessels in bottom/shrimp trawl fishing is 140.000 and the number of is.
• Contribution of abovementioned trawlers is 28% of total marine capture fisheries employment (approx. 110.000 fishermen).
• Contribution of abovementioned trawlers is 17% of total reported marine catches (380.000 m3 tons annually).
• Profitability of operations depends on decreasing catches of more valuable species, weak market access, and inadequate post-harvest practices.
• More than 80% of shrimp catches enters the international market.
Objective The project will help Suriname to better prevent and control the potential introduction of TADs and zoo noses, improve food safety and public health and, at the same time, meet international standards in order to allow the export of Suriname’s livestock sector commodities.
In addition, an AI&T system would be a key component for any plans for improved livestock statistics, enhanced management of livestock production and pasturelands, livestock genetic improvement and general management of animal genetic resources.
Resources FAO; US$ 22.998.491
Results Operational fisheries management system to control and manage fisheries activities to a greater extent meanwhile guaranteeing continued food security and sustainable use of natural resources.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 313 Fishery
1.3 Natural dimension Water
Role Person name
Project leader person details Yolanda Babb