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Jul 12, 2012

Oceana on Al Jazeera for bottom trawling success

The following feature may not carry any notes of Reality Youths, or the scratches of Cayo’s DJ competition, but for Oceana Belize, it is music to their ears. The gospel truth of Oceana’s environmental conservation has travelled across the planet and had gained them major fans in the Middle East. The ban on bottom trawling instituted in December 2010 has earned Belize a nomination for the prestigious Future Policy Award. The Jewel was one of the first countries in the world to ban the destructive fishing method, which was depleting the species of fish in the reef. It’s a decision that is being recognized globally and was featured in a segment called Earthrise on the Al Jazeera network on Sunday. According to the report, the ban was needed because only eight percent of the reef, which is vital habitat for fish, was in good condition and the effects of trawling also threatened tourism, the country’s number one foreign exchange earner. Al Jazeera’s Sharita Hutton travelled to Belize to meet some of the people who were involved in advocating for the ban and it is hoped that the following feature will encourage other countries to take bolder steps towards protecting the ocean.


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Al Jazeera, which is based in Qatar, was voted as the fifth most influential global brand behind Apple, Google and others. It was also nominated as one of the five best news web sites, along with BBC News, National Geographic and The Smoking Gun.

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