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Oct 8, 2019

The Delayed Fisheries Bill – What Is In It?

Beverly Wade

So, why are conservationists and their partners clamouring for the bill to be passed? Well, they say that when passed and enacted, it means that there will be stronger enforcement of fisheries regulations and increased promotion of sustainable fisheries management, among other pieces of legislation. Today, Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade shared more about some of the details of the bill and what it means for the protection and management of our natural resources.


Beverly Wade, Fisheries Administrator

“The main thing is that we have a national strategy for sustainable small scale fisheries in Belize and one of the biggest attributes to that bill is now ensuring the long term tenure and livelihoods for smalls scale fishers in Belize. So, what the bill calls for now is an element such as a management plan for each fishery you would have had established in Belize to ensure that there is the level of participation and the level of consideration for the traditional small scale fishers that have engaged in the exploitation of those resources for those resources for their livelihoods over generations. The other thing the bill does is that it formalizes the input of stakeholders into the decision making process through a legislated fisheries advisory council which now allows various stakeholders, state and non state stakeholders to now have a say in how you move forward in management policy and development of the bill. The other thing that the bill does is that it takes a holistic approach to fisheries management and it really looks at the entire ecosystem based approached which takes into consideration from the conservation to social aspects of fishers; what are those considerations and how do we now ensure that they are incorporated and integrated into the way forward with fisheries management in Belize. And finally, what the bill has done is that it has now created the framework to encourage more responsibility and stewardship from the users of the resource and to also strengthen the areas with regards to enforcement to ensure that what is in the bill are applications that serve as proper deterrents to illegal fishing.”

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