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Jul 5, 2019

Fisheries and Coast Guard Working Together at Sea

The conch season was closed earlier than usual this year.  Notwithstanding its premature closure, the Fisheries Department has been working closely with its maritime counterparts to enforce all laws at sea.  According to Gamboa, there has been a joint effort over the past two months to patrol several hotspots, including the area where the fishermen were found.

 

Hampton Gamboa

Hampton Gamboa, Fisheries Officer

“I must say that our administration has recently embarked on discussions, I think about two months ago or a month and a half ago, with the Belize Coast Guard and we have already set up joint operations for us to continue pressing on, in particular in this area of concern, especially since your last documentary, so we have highlighted this area.  Particularly, to boost up presence in that area, as well as, also of concern is the Gladden Spit spawning bank, so the joint operation team that has been, a taskforce that has been set up to address this, we are conducting more routine patrols, as well as boosting up presence in that area. A large quantity of this product that was confiscated and was found was just conch that was removed from the shell, which is referred to as unprocessed conch.  So normally conch in Belize, the average Belizean doesn’t purchase unprocessed conch.  So therefore, it is suggested because our neighboring countries, particularly Honduras and Guatemala, they do purchase conchs that are just removed from the shell.”

 

The conch season remains closed until September thirtieth.


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