Fishermen's Federation Created for Fisheries/Aquaculture Sector22 May 2013
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - The Ministry of Agriculture, through the Dominican Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Codopesca), is creating the Federation of Fishermen Dominicans, with the aim of improving economic conditions of both men and women working in the fishing industry throughout the country.
The announcement was made by the executive director of Codopesca, Francisco Manuel Frías Olivencia, at the start of the course "Basic Guidelines Codopesca and data collection system" addressed to all staff of the institution.
The course seeks to strengthen and update the knowledge on aquaculture, marine fisheries, species measurement, laws in governing fishing, international conventions and other issues that staff working in the Codopesca must handle.
Mr Olivencia said that fishermen will be training and preparation, because "we must teach them to conserve species."
The training organised by the Codopesca has the support of Agriculture Minister Luis Ramon Rodriguez, Research Center for Marine Biology (CIBIMA), the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), the Dominican Institute for Agriculture and Forestry (IDIAF), and other organizations committed to the development of aquaculture and marine fisheries of the Dominican Republic.
Mr Olivencia said the training workshop is part of several seminars and trainings to be held throughout the year to train staff and to all members of Codopesca in the country.
"We are focused on organising fishermen. The foundation is to teach and train them for better utilization of fisheries resources," he said.
The fisheries and aquaculture sector is extremely important to the Dominican economy, so more attention needs to be paid to the training and organising of fishermen.
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