The Caribbean Marine Association Revamped

The Caribbean Marine Association (CMA), has held its Annual General Meeting at Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia and announced that it is to be reinvigorated following a two year period where it was dormant.

The meeting was held with the financial support of the Centre for Development Enterprise (CDE), under a wider project to the CMA “Capacity Building of the Caribbean Marine Association for Policy Dialogue and Promotion of the Sector Towards the Goals of Many Islands, One Sea”.

The CMA is the regional association representing the voice of the national marine trade associations throughout the Caribbean.

At present, there are eight national member associations in the CMA. The main objective of the CMA is to promote and protect the interests of the recreational marine industry throughout the Caribbean region. 

Priorities include:

  • Increasing awareness of the industry
  • Harmonization of legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Protecting the marine environment,
  • Enhancing visitor safety
  • Fostering harmonious cooperation between member countries and their governments.

Immediate Past President, Hon. Keats Compton advised those present that the CMA welcomed the support of the CDE to re‐invigorate the organisation.

The CMA was first launched in 2005 with two years of steady activity.

Despite active progress made by the CMA in that time, due to financial and human constraints, the CMA became dormant in 2009