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Nov 16, 2018

The Coalition Wants Answers

Nigel Martinez

The Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries is demanding that the Ministry of Fisheries release the composition of the members of the Gillnet Task Force as well as the list of fishers who have been given permission to use gillnets. According to the Belize Federation of Fishers, Nigel Martinez, the Coalition has made moves to file a request for all documentation concerning gillnetting under the Freedom of Information Act.


Nigel Martinez, Director, Belize Federation of Fishers

“We want to go in to each of the community, speak to those individuals, find out if the gear that they are using if it is a full income, supplementary income, and advocate for them to transition over into another gear. So we are looking at it from that perspective whereby we are going to ensure that there is an alternative component that they are going to decide. Not the N.G.O.s, not the government. They will decide what that alternative component is going to be.”

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