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Jun 7, 2016

There’s a Need for Fisheries Protocol in Sarstoon

Wilfred Elrington

So back to the Sarstoon. One of the major criticisms in that area has been that Guatemalan fisherfolk have been allowed to fish freely in Belizean waters, at times travelling as far as Barranco setting illegal gill nets. It’s a situation we’ve seen firsthand, and it hasn’t changed even with the addition of the Forward Operating Base at the mouth of the Sarstoon. Elrington says that in his opinion it’s something that can be worked out easily.


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I am not aware that our laws are not being enforced on our side of the river; I am not aware of that. But you’d be better advised to talk to the people in the fisheries department. But you know Jules; I was talking to the former president from Taiwan because you know the Taiwans, they have problem with the China and the Philippines and the like. And his view was that we probably can’t share sovereignty, but we could share the fisheries in the seas. We work out a protocol for it. We don’t want to…Barbados and Trinidad have problem with the flying fish yo know…they worked it out. You don’t want people get killed over controversy over fish or any such thing like that. The ideal situation is to work out the situation. And it is something that fish noh stay one place. So I think the wise frame of mind is to work out a protocol whereby you can share it in peaceful coexistence, work with it, without causing people to die over it. That’s the last thing we want. So I am not sure what will be done by the people in the Ministry of Agriculture and the like, but to my mind, the ideal situation would be to ensure that that doesn’t become a cause of conflict—find a way to work on it so that life could go on in a peaceful harmonious way. That is my disposition and I am pretty certain that that is the Prime Minister’s disposition as well. We don’t want people to go and get killed over some fish.”

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2 Responses for “There’s a Need for Fisheries Protocol in Sarstoon”

  1. Mrs. P says:

    Finally you made one piece of thing that makes —- YES the media should really ask the Fisheries Department!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Manuel Pinto says:

    El artículo I del tratado de 1859, establece que el límite sur de Belice es el río Sarstún, o sea es límite únicamente de Belice, porque de Guatemala es parte de su territorio. El tratado de 1859, no le otorga a Belice derecho de navegación sobre el río Sarstún, como tampoco le otorga derecho de soberanía sobre ninguna parte del río Sarstún, el río Sarstún esta bajo soberanía de Guatemala. El artículo VI del tratado de 1859, no tienen ninguna relación con el río Sarstún, se relaciona con los Canales e islas que se encuentran frente a las costas de Belice, o sea a los límites marítimos. El artículo VI del tratado de 1859, regula: Se establece la libre navegación en los canales que forman la línea de agua divisoria de los límites, así como la asignación en esos canales. Con lo anterior se demuestra que se refiere a límites marítimos, porque el río Sarstún no tiene canales, tampoco tiene islas. Si tienen duda lean los artículos citados y seguimos comentando.

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