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71st Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference


November 5, 2018 - November 9, 2018


The Royal Decameron Isleño Hotel, San Andres, Colombia

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We’re pleased to announce that the Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina (CORALINA) is hosting the GCFI 71 conference. The Archipelago of San Andres is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Colombia and the Caribbean, with coastal areas and coral reefs supporting substantial beach visitation, dive tourism and sport fishing. In recent years, the archipelago has seen a sharp increase in tourism from around 600,000 visitors in 2012 to more than 1,000,000 visitors in 2017.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Tourism in the Caribbean: challenges for the management of fisheries and coral reef ecosystems”. We will bring together experts, academics, policymakers and managers, and relevant organizations interested in marine issues, natural resources, sustainable fisheries and tourism to focus on this theme.

Special Session: Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems in a Changing Climate in the Framework of the 2018 Third International Year of the Reef.

Session duration: half day

Organizers: UN Environment-CEP, SPAW-RAC and Gulf Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Conveners: Ms. Lucie Labbouz (SPAW-RAC); (lucie.labbouz.carspaw@guadeloupe-parcnational.fr); Ms. Ileana Lopez (UN Environment-CEP). This session is sponsored by UN Environment-CEP, SPAW-RAC, and GCFI.

The above organisers are pleased to host a technical session on “Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems in a Changing Climate”, to be held at GCFI 71 Annual Meeting. The session will be considered as a regional Caribbean contribution to the worldwide activities for the 2018 International Year of the Reef.

The goal of this technical session is to share with the GCFI community the latest coral reef research results and conservation practices in the Caribbean and will serve as a forum to:

  • Share information among decision-makers, scientists, managers, educators, resource users, and students on the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated ecosystems
  • Promote partnerships among government agencies, the private sector, academia, and the civil society on coral reefs value
  • Identify and support the implementation of effective management strategies for conservation, increased resiliency, and sustainable use of these ecosystems
  • Promote best practices and sharing of lessons learned.

GCFI 71 includes technical sessions, the Fisheries for Fishers forum, special thematic sessions, a poster session, the CINEFISH film festival, field trips and social events.

Check the GCFI website for registration rates for daily participation.

Onsite registrations may be made with a credit card, check, money order, or US currency. Other arrangements may be made by contacting registrations@gcfi.org.


UN Environment – Caribbean Environment Programme