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Lands Minister on Turneffe Land Trust Agreement

As we reported on Wednesday, the Turneffe Atoll Trust has acquired the remaining seventeen thousand acres of land within the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. This is in the form of [...]

P.U.P. Leader Says Transferring 17,000 Acres of Land without House Approval is Illegal

Weighing in on the matter was Opposition Leader, John Briceño. According to Briceño, under the National Lands Act, to transfer a large piece of land, such as the seventeen thousand [...]

Turneffe Atoll Trust on Land Trust Agreement

According to Executive Director of the Turneffe Atoll Trust, Alex Anderson, forty percent of the land mass at Turneffe was already sold to private entities and this move reserves the [...]

17,000 Acres of Turneffe Land is Set Aside in a Trust

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration and the Ministry of Natural Resources have signed over approximately seventeen thousand acres of national lands remaining on [...]

Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association Concerned about Land Trust

The agreement states that Turneffe Atoll Trust must maintain properties as a nature conservation reserve for the protection of nationally significant species, groups of species, biotic communities and physical features [...]

P.U.P. Leader Says S.P.T.C. Cannot Issue Dredging License

Documents shared with News Five show illegal dredging activities being carried out within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. As we reported on Tuesday, residents in the Secret Beach area have [...]

Dredgers Say They are Working to Obtain License for Artisanal Dredging

News Five understands that several small dredgers who have been conducting small scale operations in the area have been working with relevant authorities for permission to continue working the area.  [...]

Dredging in Hol Chan near Secret Beach, Ambergris Caye

Illegal dredging activities are threatening the coral reefs of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve which lies between San Pedro and Caye Caulker.  News Five has received a number of documents [...]

Fisheries Make 400-Pound Nassau Grouper Bust

In another illegal activity, the Belize Fisheries Department and Police carried out a joint operation in Dangriga that led to a bust of over four hundred pounds of out-of-season Nassau [...]

Nassau Grouper Critically Endangered; Fish Has Protection in Belize

In the past, as recent as last year, we’ve reported on the Nassau Grouper and why Belize has taken steps to protect this species.  The fish is facing an extremely [...]

S.C.A. Leads the Charge for Youth and Climate in 2020

The Saint Catherine Academy says that as they head into their one hundred and thirtieth anniversary, they will be putting the conversation of climate and youth into action on their [...]

Single-Use Plastic and Styrofoam Ban to Be

On Wednesday, Belize enacted the phase-out of single-use plastics and styrofoam through the Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulation 2020.  The Minister of Environment signed that regulation into law which [...]

Belize Network of N.G.O.s Lauds Single Use Plastic Ban!

Senator for the N.G.O.s, Osmany Salas lauds G.O.B.’s efforts to initiate a ban on single-use plastics and styrofoam.  Salas says that while he hasn’t reviewed the final document with the [...]

Setting in Place Early Warning Systems for Belize City Residents

The Belize Red Cross in leading the charge in formalizing an Early Warning System for the Old Capital to better prepare in case of disasters. The organization is working along [...]

M.O.H. Responds to Reports of Medical Waste Dump in San Antonio

Earlier this week, you heard a resident of San Antonio Village complain about the burning of medical waste in the village. That resident told us that the matter has been [...]

San Antonio Resident Claims that Medical Waste is Making Them Sick

Some residents in San Antonio, Toledo are alleging that burning of medical waste is making them sick. According to them, particularly those who reside near the San Antonio Polyclinic, the [...]

Area Rep. Oscar Requeña Calls on G.O.B. to Address the Waste Issue

The Toledo West Area Representative, Oscar Requeña is also taking on the issue. According to Requeña, some twelve families are being severely affected by the burning of medical waste in [...]

PM Comments on Gillnet Proposed Ban

Prime Minister Dean Barrow today commented on the debate surrounding the banning of gillnets. Recently, OCEANA Belize offered the government a gillnet buy-back programme if a ban on gillnets is [...]

Fisheries Bill Tabled in House, Finally

It has been in the works for nine years, but today amendments to the outdated Fisheries Bill were introduced in the House of Representatives.  The bill contains stiffer penalties against violation [...]

Quality Poultry Products Goes Green with Electricity

Demand for renewable energy has skyrocketed in recent years, particularly because of the global discussion around climate change and the impacts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.  The global [...]

Met Service talks drought outlook for Belize

On Tuesday we showed you the impacts of the drought on the sugar cane fields in the north. A lot of crops have been affected by the below normal rain [...]

A new truck for the manatees!

Today the Sea to Shore Alliance received a brand new truck for the manatees. The seventeen thousand U.S.D. truck and its trailer will be used to transport manatees. The manatee [...]

License Gillnet Users Support Ban of ‘Destructive’ Gear

There are some in-roads being made in respect of the eventual ban of gillnets. As you know, the government has endorsed the continued use of the fish gear on the [...]

Banana Enterprises Take Island Holdings to Court Over Dredging Contract

Banana Enterprises Limited, a subsidiary of the Big Creek Group, is taking Island Holdings Limited, the parent company for Harvest Caye, to court for non-payment, following a business deal turned [...]

Banana Enterprises Loses Major Money on Dredge

According to Flores, Banana Enterprises lost significant money on the deal since the dredge has failed to serve the purpose that it was initially purchased for.   Zaid Flores, Managing [...]