Bridgetown.- Members of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are committed to a new Protocol for Adaptation to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in the aquaculture sector.
According to the executive director of CRFM, Milton Haughton, the initiative aims at strengthening the fishing sector to face inclement weather and overcome the challenges of ocean acidification.
Only in recent years the magnitude of the effect of the carbon dioxide uptake by the seas has begun to be understood, which is causing the waters to become acidic, and has harmful effects on marine life and fisheries production, Haughton said.
The regional official explained that the new Protocol for Adaptation to Climate Change will establish a framework for adaptation to the impacts of environmental variations and resilience to protect marine livelihoods and ecosystems.
In his view, this would be achieved through research and integrated adaptive planning and policy development, along with social awareness and legal reforms in each Caribbean country. (PL)