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Jan 7, 2019

Transitioning to Non-Destructive Fishing Methods

Alyssa Carnegie

But how did it get to this point? In the past, we have reported on OCEANA, the Fisheries Department and other conservation groups advocating for alternative fishing methods for fishers. Recently, a group of fishers came forward saying that they want to continue to use gillnets and that a ban would threaten their livelihood. OCEANA’s Communications Director Alyssa Carnegie says that the future of the natural resource depends on the transition to non-destructive fishing methods.

 

Alyssa Carnegie, Communications Director, OCEANA (Belize)

“We’ve been able to see from interviews that have been given by the fisheries administrator, by other persons, saying that it’s a hundred and sixty-nine gillnetters or licensed gillnetters, but we’ve also seen in other areas where people are using like a hundred and seventy-six gillnetters. So there is a need to establish how many people are licensed to use gillnets and where these gillnets are being utilized; that’s very important. One of the things that we truly believe is that our marine resources are to be accessed and enjoyed by everyone and that the fishers who are currently using this gear—and it is not only OCEANA, but fishermen themselves, who are saying that they believe that they can continue to access Belize’s marine resources to their benefit and using alternative methods. And that’s where we see a very key opportunity for the transition of those fishers who currently use destructive gear to non-destructive methods.”


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