Governments across the region, including Belize, are being urged to make the blue economy a priority. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism’s new chairman, Saboto (sa-boe-toe) Caesar (see-zer) who is the Minister of Fisheries for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, explained that the blue economy is an emerging concept, which encourages better use and conservation of the ocean and related resources to boost economic growth and tackle unemployment, food security and poverty. Ministers also received updates on the state of and the trends in fisheries and aquaculture and they learned – as was expected – that the pandemic has had adverse effects on fisheries activities including production, exportation and importation. Ministers also agreed on approaches to ensure that CARICOM States are prepared to meet the requirements of the USA Marine Mammals Act which will take effect in 2022 and avoid interruption in flow of fish and fishery products to the US market. Fisheries ministers will meet again in October to map out an eight-year plan.