Activity Closed: Updating Suriname's capture fisheries legal framework.
Country Suriname
Last update: 07/06/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministery of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Parveen Amritpersad
Budget US - US Dollar 116,000
Project period 01/03/2015 to 01/12/2017
Countries: Suriname 
Summary The project provides assistance to Suriname in the development of an efficient legal framework for capture fisheries management in line with international best practices and obligations arising out of international legal instruments for fisheries. The project addresses the substantial shortcomings in the current legal framework for fisheries. These shortcomings relate to the absence of clear licensing procedures for marine capture fisheries, the inadequate framework for carrying out effective monitoring, control and enforcement, and the lack of a sufficiently detailed legal framework for inland fisheries, with conflicts of resource users and misinterpretation of existing legislation as a result.
Background • FAO (2014) reports that fish remains among the most traded food commodities worldwide, worth almost $130 billion in 2012 with a highly likely probability that the upward consumption trend will continue.
• Approximately, US$ 81 million (96% of export earnings in agriculture) is generated by four commodities: rice, bananas, fish and shrimps.
• The Government’s facilitation approach prioritizes and actively promotes fishery and associated market clusters.
• Suriname’s fisheries sector contributes between US$ 31-50 million per annum to foreign exchange; 5% to GDP
• The sector provides employment for 10,698 persons (2% of the population), and contributes to income and protein needs of indigenous communities.
• The country is the second largest fish producer from among the 17 member states of the Caribbean Regional Fishery Mechanism, producing 21% of marine fish production (or 28,483 metric tons meat weight) within the period 2006-2010.
• Suriname exports to markets with high food standards such as Japan, the USA, the EU (Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom and Spain) and to the Caribbean.
• In 2010, Suriname finalized a management plan for Atlantic Seabob (Xyphopenaeus kroyeri) and the fishery obtained Marine Stewardship Certification (MSC) in 2011.
• Recognizing that the high global demand for fish and fishery products cannot be met from marine fisheries, the Government of Suriname has placed high priority on the development of aquaculture. Aquaculture is mainly focused on the cultivation of tilapia, shrimp and native swamp fish. Also, the Government is actively promoting interests in ornamental fishery.
• Existence of a Fisheries Whitepaper 2011 and a Fisheries Management Plan 2014 – 2018.
• Current legislative framework encompasses the Fish Stock Protection Law (1961) and the Fish Stock Protection Decree 1961, the Sea Fisheries Law (1980), the Fish Inspection Act (2000) and a draft law on capture fisheries (2011).
• There are Regulations regarding the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), and Regulations to prevent Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
• -The current fisheries law: does not sufficiently address monitoring, control and surveillance; fails to establish a transparent licensing system; does not provide clarity on behavioral measures, which leads to tension among officials and fishers and among fishers; does not provide a clear cut division of powers and mandates of institutions; fails to address inland fisheries, save for a limited number of size limits and closed seasons; does not address the co-management for small fishing communities.
Objective Fisheries are managed more sustainably and efficiently on the basis of strong legal frameworks, which leads to better food security and income generation in a manner that is inclusive of stakeholder interests. The project also contributes to the meeting of obligations deriving from international instruments that Suriname has ratified.
Setup and activities FAO;US$ 116000
(Expected) Results National authorities adopt and make use of updated National Fisheries legislation to control and manage fisheries activities and resources.
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 313 Fishery
1.2 Institutional dimension Policy Development
Legislation & law enforcement
2.2 Production Chain 8. Quality Control
2.3 Commodity group Fishery products
Role Person name
Project leader person details Parveen Amritpersad
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Project Description Conference or workshop paper output details REPORT OF THE PROJECT INCEPTION WORKSHOP 2,089kb
Project Description Conference or workshop paper output details Report of the Stakeholder Consultation Workshop 622kb
Project Description Final Technical Report (FTR) output details Project document 'Updating Suriname's capture fisheries legal framework' 760kb