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Dec 4, 2020

Ocean Hero Removes Gillnet from Belizean Waters in the South

Ocean Hero Neville Smith is being recognized once again tonight for being proactive in southern Belize. The owner of Southern Eco Adventure Dive and Fishing Tours was out on a cleanup activity when he came across a gillnet smack in the middle of our territorial waters near Moho Caye. A former gillnet user himself, who now works in the tourism industry, Smith decided to remove the illegal fishing gear.  Trapped inside were sharks, mackerel, grunts, snapper, jacks and permit fish.  News Five spoke with Smith via telephone today.


On the Phone: Neville Smith, Owner, Southern Eco Adventure Dive & Fishing Tours

“On the way back from Hunting Caye, the Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve whereby upon reaching in front of what they call Moho Caye, I saw a buoy in the water floating around. We actually went to the buoy and pulled it up and getting to the end of it, it was actually a gillnet. We started to pull on the rope and it looked like a marker for a fishing spot, but it is not; it was actually a net. So we pulled it in and while pulling in the net, there were a bunch of sharks in the net—seven or eight sharks—one permit, one black snapper and seven or eight mackerels also. So we took them out and that was it. The name of my tour is Southern Eco Adventure Dive and Fishing Tours; the adventure basically, if you are out on the boat, expect anything. If there is a net we definitely gotta get it out of the water; if there some long lines, we gotta take it out of the water. If there is anything happening within the reserve, we gotta address it.”

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