On 18 December 1995 the Fisheries and Aquaculture Authorities of Central America, aware that the fisheries resources in their territorial waters are common property; that the vast majority of those resources are migratory or highly migratory and that both the opportunities and challenges of development are similar, constituted the “Act of San Salvador” known as the Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (OSPESCA for its Spanish acronym).
OSPESCA aims to promote a sustainable and coordinated development of fisheries and aquaculture in the context of the Central American integration process by defining, approving and implementing policies, strategies, programs and projects of regional fisheries and aquaculture.
- Promote the Fisheries and Aquaculture Integration Policy;
- Promote and monitor the Regional Treaty Framework on Fisheries and Aquaculture;
- Coordinate inter-agency and cross-regional efforts for fisheries development in the OSPESCA Countries with an ecosystem and interdisciplinary approach;
- Join efforts to harmonize and implement the fisheries and aquaculture laws;
- Develop and promote strategies, programs, projects or regional agreements on fisheries and aquaculture;
- Promote regional organization of fisheries and aquaculture producers;
- Coordinate an adequate and regional participation in international forums related to fisheries and aquaculture.