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Some 50 experts and national authorities of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) representing 23 governments and international and national organizations met in Panama City, from 18 to 20 November 2014. The participants developed a new set of regional harmonized measures for the management and conservation of the queen conch, a large mollusc harvested for food and found throughout the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico that is declining in certain areas as a result of overfishing. The meeting was co-organized and sponsored by the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the CITES Secretariat, the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) and FAO.

News Article | May 4, 2017

The spawning aggregations of groupers and snappers in the Caribbean - the reproductive gatherings necessary to create the next generation - help maintain healthy stocks of these species, but are currently being heavily fished, causing significant reductions. Stocks of many aggregating species and particularly groupers in the Wider Caribbean Region continue to decline. The CFMC/WECAFC/OSPESCA/CRFM* Working Group on Spawning Aggregations, which met in Miami, USA (29-31 October 2013), recorded reduced numbers of fish in many aggregations and the relatively smaller size of most remaining aggregations. Smaller aggregations of adults are producing fewer and fewer fish to replenish the region’s fisheries. Using scientific methods and the best scientific information available, the status of Nassau Grouper (along with Goliath Grouper and several other species) stocks in the Wider Caribbean Region can be considered “overexploited” and some stocks can even be regarded as “depleted”. The two groupers are already observed to be threatened with extinction if such trends continue, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Flora and Fauna. The actual number of fishers targeting spawning aggregations (as opposed to species that have the aggregating habit but are fished outside of their aggregations) is low. Consequently, while management aimed to conserve spawning aggregations may reduce short-term profits for few fishers, it should ensure long-term sustainable fisheries for the great many other fishers that fish outside of aggregations. The Working Group asserted that it is vital to maintain healthy groupers and snapper fisheries in support of food security and to recognize the social and economic value of these fisheries for coastal communities in the region. And the Working Group calls for a regional closed season and concerted action by the range states of these fish species and recommends to WECAFC, CFMC and the SPAW (Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife) Protocol action to stop further declines. * This is a joint Working Group of the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC), Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), Organization for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), a body of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), convened in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 26-28 March 2014 for its 15th biennial session. For the first time in its 40 years of existence the Commission adopted a range of management recommendations and resolutions. The Commission expressed concern about the serious decline or disappearance in the last two decades of many of the spawning aggregations of grouper and snapper in the Caribbean. It recognized that immediate action is required to stop further reduction in spawning areas and depletion of these important stocks. The Commission therefore recommended a regional seasonal closure for all commercial and recreational fishing activities of Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) in identified spawning areas for the period 1 December – 31 March, starting in December 2014. Secondly, the Commission emphasized that in recent years, national efforts for the management and conservation of Queen Conch have increased in the region. This has led to encouraging developments such as better stock protection, improved understanding of the species ecology and management needs, and enhanced enforcement to combat illegal catch and trade. The Commission expressed its commitment to respond to CITES Conference Of Parties (COP) 16 Decision on “Regional cooperation on the management of and trade in the queen conch (Strombus gigas)”. The Commission further recommended that WECAFC, in close coordination with its partners, The Central America Fisheries and Aquaculture Organisation (OSPESCA), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC), the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Secretariat of the Specially Protected Area and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol, develop a regional plan for the management and conservation of Queen Conch, for final review and regional adoption by the WECAFC 16th session in 2016. The Commission also issued recommendations on strengthening fisheries management planning in the WECAFC area and on the sustainability of fisheries using fish aggregating devices (FADs). Finally, resolutions adopted by the Commission at its 15th session encourage region wide implementation of: 1) the CRFM “Castries, St Lucia, (2010) Declaration on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, 2) the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Regional Strategy for the Control of Invasive Lionfish in the Wider Caribbean, 3) Voluntary Guidelines on Small-scale fisheries and tenure, 4) the Port State Measures Agreement and the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on flag State performance in the region”, and 5) the Strategic Action Programme for the sustainable management of the shared living marine resources of the Caribbean and north Brazil shelf large marine ecosystems (CLME+ SAP). WECAFC is a regional fishery advisory body with thirty-three countries and the European Union as members. The Commission members have an interest to cooperate in responsible fisheries management and development in the Wider Caribbean Region. The 15th session was generously hosted by the Ministry of Food Production on behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. The WECAFC Secretariat can be reached:

Van Haitsma K.,Polisher Research Institute | Crespy S.,Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life | Humes S.,Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life | Elliot A.,Pioneer Network | And 8 more authors.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association | Year: 2014

Background: Increasingly, nursing home (NH) providers are adopting a person-centered care (PCC) philosophy; yet, they currently lack methods to measure their progress toward this goal. Few PCC tools meet criteria for ease of use and feasibility in NHs. The purpose of this article is to report on the development of the concept and measurement of preference congruence among NH residents (phase 1), its refinement into a set of quality indicators by Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes (phase 2), and its pilot evaluation in a sample of 12 early adopting NHs prior to national rollout (phase 3). The recommended toolkit for providers to use to measure PCC consists of (1) interview materials for 16personal care and activity preferences from Minimum Data Set 3.0, plus follow-up questions that ask residents how satisfied they are with fulfillment of important preferences; and (2) an easy to use Excel spreadsheet that calculates graphic displays of quality measures of preference congruence and care conference attendance for an individual, household or NH. Twelve NHs interviewed residents (N= 146) using the toolkit; 10 also completed a follow-up survey and 9 took part in an interview evaluating their experience. Results: NH staff gave strong positive ratings to the toolkit. All would recommend it to other NHs. Staff reported that the toolkit helped them identify opportunities to improve PCC (100%), and found that the Excel tool was comprehensive (100%), easy to use (90%), and provided high quality information (100%). Providers anticipated using the toolkit to strengthen staff training as well as to enhance care planning, programming and quality improvement. Conclusions: The no-cost PCC toolkit provides a new means to measure the quality of PCC delivery. As of February 2014, over 700 nursing homes have selected the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes PCC goal as a focus for quality improvement. The toolkit enables providers to incorporate quality improvement by moving beyond anecdote, and advancing more systematically toward honoring resident preferences. © 2014 AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Carvalho M.D.,CCMM Dep. Quimica e Bioquimica | Ferreira L.P.,CFMC | Borges R.P.,CFMC Dep. Fisica | Godinho M.,CFMC Dep. Fisica
Journal of Solid State Chemistry | Year: 2012

Iron doped (5%) ZnO powders were prepared by hydrothermal and combustion methods. Subsequent heating treatments on these samples were performed under air and also under a reductive atmosphere. Powder XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization studies were used to characterize the products and investigate the localization of iron ions in the ZnO lattice. It was shown that a mixture with a ZnFe 2O 4 type phase was obtained when the sample was prepared by the hydrothermal method, while Fe 3 occupy tetrahedral sites of the ZnO lattice in the case of the sample obtained by the combustion method. The magnetic measurements show that no ferromagnetism was detected in the iron doped ZnO compound, neither in the as prepared state nor after reduction. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Lehmann M.,TU Chemnitz | Lehmann M.,University of Lisbon | Kohn C.,TU Chemnitz | Kohn C.,University of Lisbon | And 4 more authors.
Chemistry - A European Journal | Year: 2010

(Figure Presented) Line up! Two optical axes in nematic phases make high demands on the mesogen design. V-shaped, shape-persistent fluorenone nematogens have been shown to assemble in low-temperature nematic liquid-crystal phases with biaxial order (see figure). © 2010 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Carnegie Asset Administration A/S, som er investeringsforvaltningsselskabet for Investeringsforeningen Carnegie WorldWide, har besluttet at søge en fusion med søsterselskabet Carnegie Fund Management Company S.A. (CFMC). CFMC administrerer Carnegie Asset Management-gruppens fonde, der er registreret i Luxembourg. Planen er, at CFMC på basis af Carnegie Asset Administration A/S’ nuværende aktiviteter etablerer en dansk filial, som skal videreføre administrationen af Investeringsforeningen Carnegie WorldWide. Henrik Brandt, som i dag er medlem af direktionen for CFMC er udpeget til at fortsætte som administrerende direktør for selskabet i Luxembourg samt at blive leder af den danske filial. Rationalet for fusionen er at skabe stordriftsfordele mellem de to administrationsselskaber, så vi kan fortsætte med at udbyde konkurrencedygtige fondsløsninger til gavn for vores kunder og samarbejdspartnere.

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