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Oceans Economy and Trade Strategies for Belize

Belize is one of three countries participating in a three-year pilot project which aims to contribute towards developing an enabling national policy and regulatory frameworks for the sustainable management of [...]

Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme

For the past five weeks, a group of environmentalists have been participating in the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme. The team from the National Oceanography Centre is in Belize taking samples [...]

CARICOM Unified on COP24 Expectations

The twenty-fourth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate, known as COP24, will take place in Poland from December second to the fourteenth. The key [...]

IPCC Report Front and Center of CARICOM’s Approach to COP24

And so if you’re wondering what exactly the IPCC Report means for the small island developing states; the news is grim.  For coral reefs and other vulnerable ecosystems it may [...]

Aquatica Submarine to Conduct Blue Hole Expedition

Aquatica Submarines has teamed up with businessman and philanthropist Richard Branson, documentary filmmaker and ocean conservationist Fabien Costeau and the Roatan Institute of Deep Sea Exploration to do an expedition to the [...]

A Biennial Regional Energy Forum in Placencia

A biennial meeting of the regional energy sector was held in Placencia today, where the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum is being hosted.  The focus of the gathering is to look [...]

Marked Progress in Renewable Energy

There has been significant progress in the area of renewable energy, where several CARICOM countries have developed strategies to support the development of clean energy.   Devon Gardener, Head of [...]

Glover’s Reef Research Station – a Hot Spot for Marine Research

The Caribbean is one of three major hotspots of marine biodiversity in the world, but its ecosystems are under pressure from over-fishing, climate change, pollution and other impacts.  Conservationists and [...]

The Effectiveness of a Short-term Sargassum Solution

In October, the Belize Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism revealed their plan to address the massive influx of sargassum in four tourism destinations in Belize. Beaches in San [...]

Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries Speaks Out on Gillnets Task Force

Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries fired off a release today expressing concerns over the functionality of the Gillnet Task Force, which was formed in February to reduce the harmful impacts of [...]

The Coalition Wants Answers

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 [...]

Strengthened Protection for MPAs under New Fisheries Bill

The Fisheries Department and its partners have been revising the Fisheries Bill, which they hope to see approve in the near future. The changes aim to make the existing act [...]

WCS Hosts Global Marine Meeting in Belize

Since Monday of this week, more than twenty Wildlife Conservation Society representatives, including programme officers and country directors from around the world, have been meeting in Belize. The organization, which [...]

The Work of Glovers Reef Research Station

The opportunities to conduct research in Belize have been growing and if you ask about marine research, you’ll find out that those opportunities are endless. From mangroves to fin-fish, turtle [...]

W.W.F. Tackles Adverse Effects of Climate Change

A three-day information gathering session continued today in Belize City. Climate change stakeholders, led by the World Wildlife Fund, are participating in a regional project which aims to mainstream climate [...]

Gillnets Confiscated from within the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve

Over the weekend, five gillnets were removed from the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, located some twenty miles off the coast of Belize.  Recently, a report circulated that illegal gillnets were [...]

More Enforcement Needed to Address Gillnets in Belizean Waters

The use of gillnets have been a perennial issue and Cabinet has formed a task force with relevant partners to address the sustainability of fishing practices in Belize and the [...]

DOE Lifts Stop Order Against Businessman Haisam Diab

Construction has resumed at Sand Lighter’s promenade in Belize City. A stop order issued by the Department of Environment in October to businessman Haisam Diab has been lifted.  The letter [...]

A Short-term Sargassum Solution

The seaweed epidemic which continues to affect tourism destinations across the country persists without a long-term remedy.  In the meantime, government has stepped in to provide relief to seafront businesses [...]

Sargassum Crisis: Help is on the Way

Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Jr., explains how the earmarked funds will be used across the affected areas.  He says that berms will be placed at specific locations to mitigate [...]

Meet the 2018 Ocean Heroes

Meet the 2018 Ocean Hero Award Winners—they are Captain Earl David Junior and Michael Heusner. The men were recognized over the weekend by OCEANA in Belize for their individual contributions [...]

4th Annual Coastal Awareness Trivia Challenge is Held in Belize City

The Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute is observing Coastal Awareness Week. As a part of the activities, the fourth annual coastal awareness trivia challenge was held in Belize City [...]

Belize Audubon Society Tackles Fishing Pressures with Copper Bank Fisherfolk

Last week we showed you how the Chunox beneficiaries of the Belize Audubon Society’s small grants programme are using their grants to improve their standard of living and to reduce [...]

Copper Bank Community Credit Enterprise is Helping Fisherfolk

There is another programme that Belize Audubon Society helped to establish in Copper Bank Village – it’s called the Community Credit Enterprise. Back in 2009, Audubon sought the assistance of [...]

Shark Fishers Forum held in Belize City

A National Shark Fishers Forum was held today in Belize City. The event brought together more than forty shark fishers to raise awareness of shark regulations, best fishing practices, and [...]