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Oct 5, 2021

Belize’s Role in Combating IUU Fishing and Transnational Organized Crimes

In speaking of Belize’s role in fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, Minister Perez says that the country has adopted a streamlined and straightforward fisheries resource act which enable the creation of a legal structure for sustainable fisheries.

 

Andre Perez

Andre Perez, Minister of Blue Economy

“Belize has become a leader in the sustainable use, science-based management and the conservation of our commercially important and highly valuable fish stocks, such as the spiny lobster and queen conch, coral reefs and marine ecosystems. In fact, Belize has already designated twenty-three point five percent of our territorial waters as marine protected areas and in 2020 adopted a modernized and robust fisheries resource act to create the requisite legislative framework for sustainable fisheries. IUU fishing, however, continues to present the threat of undermining our success and efforts to ensure viable and productive resources for the benefit of our people. The COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on our economies and increasing threat to our resources by climate change and climate variability makes the fight against IUU fishing even more urgent and critical.”


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