Latin American and the Caribbean
Years of Fellowship
Fields of Specialization
Fisheries and Ecosystem Protection
About / Bio
Ms. Cifuentes Velasco is an attorney at Law and Public Notary who graduated from Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala City in 2006. She also has a Master in Science degree related to Environmental Law from San Carlos Univrsity (2013). Recently Ms. Cifuentes was elected Vicechair of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commision (IATTC). She has served as a Guatemalan Representative in the regional groups created to harmonize the fishery and aquaculture legislation all over Central America. At the present, Ms. Cifuentes Velasco works as a Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Agriculture and Live Stock, primarily in the Fishery and Aquaculture Directorate. Her duties include, inter alia, assisting in the enforcement of laws relating to the exploitation and management of marine resources, advising the Director of the Fishery and Aquaculture who makes decisions at the Cabinet level. She handles the administrative and legal proceedings to approve or cancel fishery and aquaculture permits or licenses, to fine individual fishermen, fish farmers or companies who violate the Guatemalan Fishery and Aquaculture Law, and she also analyzes and recommends national and international agreements in which the Guatemalan Fishery and Aquaculture Department has interest. One of the most important duties is to Rule on the interpretation and application of the Guatemalan Fishery and Aquaculture Law and other laws of the fishery and the sea.