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Mar 14, 2013

Communication Equipment donated to Fisheries Department

The Fisheries Department is in the news tonight for sizeable donation of communication equipment. The Department is charged with patrolling, monitoring and enforcing the laws on Belize’s waters, though, which is a herculean responsibility though resources are few. Today, their job was made a little easier through a very timely donation of equipment from the philanthropic Oak Foundation, and Minister of Fisheries Lisel Alamilla was on hand to personally receive the donation and give thanks. Freelance reporter Mike Rudon was at the handing over ceremony in Belize City and has the story.

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

Today Minister of Fisheries Lisel Alamilla was all smiles as she accepted the donation of approximately eighty-one thousand dollars worth of communication equipment including base radios and handheld radios on a countrywide link. The equipment was handed over by Angeline Valentine of the Oak Foundation, which shares a common goal with the fisheries department.

 

Angeline Valentine

Angeline Valentine, Oak Foundation

“The Oak Foundation is a philanthropic organization. The goal of the Mesoamerican Belize project is to create a network of protected areas throughout the Mesoamerican region.”

 

Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Fisheries

“We have a huge area, marine area that we need to patrol and effectively manage. So this equipment is very valuable for the ministry in achieving its mission of ensuring wise use of our natural resources. We manage as you know from Bacalar Chico to the southernmost point, the Sapodilla Cayes. So this will be used across the different protected areas and different world heritage sites that encompass our marine protected areas system.”

 

Angeline Valentine

“Our goal if everything encompassing reef protection within Mesoamerica and a big part of that is consolidating the network of protected areas in Belize as we known of the Mesoamerican reef, Belize has the largest component. The national protect areas secretariat is working to implement the national protected areas system plan which would work brilliantly with efforts to consolidate Belize’s network of protected areas. And it is in that light that we gave the broader project to  PACT for the work that they intend to do of which the communication component is a part.”

 

The equipment will be used to greatly enhance communications between the Fisheries Department and its partner agencies, including the BDF boat unit, in patrolling the seas of Belize and enforcing the law.

 

Lisel Alamilla

Lisel Alamilla

“We work alongside with co-managers when it comes to certain marine reserves. There are other areas that we manage alone and so for us we don’t only have responsibility of the marine protected areas. We have responsibility of the management of offshore resources. So we do that in partnership with other government agencies: the B.D.F., the Coast Guard, the police. And so we call upon them as needed.”

 

Angeline Valentine

“Communication is very important to enforcement. I mean rapid communication in many instances is a must if you want to effectively enforce. Also as the Minister rightly mentioned, when you look at the scope that these protected areas managers have to work within, safety also becomes an issue. So also in addition to the component of enforcement, it also works to safety measures as well.”

 

The Oak Foundation has committed to providing further assistance to the Fisheries Department whenever and wherever possible. Mike Rudon for News Five.

 

The Oak Foundation has committed to providing further assistance to the Fisheries Department whenever and wherever possible.

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1 Response for “Communication Equipment donated to Fisheries Department”

  1. Storm says:

    Thanks again to the generosity for foreigners who reach out to help our tiny nation. Modern communications should help protect our waters a lot. It would be great to get a seaplane somehow, too. I’ve seen them working in other Caribbean countries, and they can do some things nothing else can accomplish.

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