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G.O.B. Approves PSA for Canadian Company to Explore for Oil in Northwest Belize

An online report is announcing that the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce has approved a production sharing agreement with Fire Creek [...]

Belize, Caribbean in Danger as Sargassum Invasion will be Much Worse

In 2018, News Five took a look at the crippling effects of sargassum, a brown, foul and invasive microalga. In October of last year, the Ministry of Tourism and the [...]

Knowing How to Deal with an Oil Spill

Representatives from sixteen Caribbean countries met today in Belize City as part of a four-day training working on oil spill. The training which was organized by the Regional Marine Pollution [...]

The Stealing of Rosewood from Santa Teresa Village, Toledo

There is an allegation against a police officer coming out of the Toledo District tonight. Residents from the Santa Teresa Village claim that the officer has stolen rosewood from its [...]

3 Hondurans Caught Illegally Fishing in the Spawning Aggregation Zone Down South

Three Honduran fishermen were busted over the weekend for illegally fishing within the Spawning Aggregation Zone at the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve in southern Belize. The trio: [...]

PACT Grants $2.7 Million for Protected Areas Work

Back in December, the Protected Areas Conservation Trust awarded six point seven million dollars to support improved management of thirteen protected areas across the Belize National Protected Areas System. Earlier [...]

Chiquibul: the Important Role of the Rangers & Soldiers

Illegal cattle ranching is just one of the threats to the Chiquibul forest; the area is remote, but it is rich with the most precious natural resources. On a daily [...]

The Jaguar Rehabilitation Programme at the Belize Zoo

The jaguar is the largest and most powerful cat in the Western Hemisphere. In Belize, they are found in the lowland forests and along the coast. But hunting and deforestation [...]

Inside the Chiquibul: A Deeper Look at Illegal Cattle Ranching

The vast Chiquibul Forest in the south-western region of Belize stretches across more than four hundred and twenty-three acres of land. The tropical rainforest includes the largest cave system in [...]

Conch Season Closes 2 Months Early

If you like conch fritters, conch soup or conch ceviche, you may want to enjoy these dishes before the end of this month. That is because the conch season is [...]

Belize Fisheries Department Weighs In on the Quality of the Queen Conch Fishery

One of the concerns that have been raised about the harvesting of the queen conch is the use of the shell size to determine maturity.  The Fisheries Department says that [...]

Bird Talk with King Vulture and Harpy Eagle at the Zoo

Earlier this week we showed you a pair of Jaguarundis who were born two months ago at the Belize Zoo. News of the birth spread quickly among the zoos across [...]

Meet Perla and Shadow – the littlest jaguarundis at the Belize Zoo

How much do you know about the jaguarundi? These small cats are native to parts of North, Central and South America. They are not just commonly found in the forests [...]

G.O.B. Signs Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project

The Ministry of Environment is looking to implement a three-year project to build Belize’s preparedness and response to extreme weather events. The project will look at flood preparedness and prevention [...]

Seaweed Farming: A Sustainable, Alternative Source of Income

With the help of Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, the Fisheries Department and the Nature Conservancy, a group of fishers are exploring the economic benefits of seaweed farming.  About a dozen [...]

Belize Gets Ready for REDD+

Forests still cover about thirty percent of the world’s land area, but they are disappearing at an alarming rate. And because deforestation causes almost twenty percent of global emissions, the preservation [...]

UB Central Farm Delivers on Trial Plot of Authentic Belizean Bananas

Belize’s bananas are said to be some of the best on the market. They have a high demand in Europe and right here at home they make for healthy and [...]

The Importance of Turneff Atoll, TASA

News Five joined other members of the media on an overnight trip to Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, the largest marine reserve in this part of the world. The visit one [...]

Fisheries Department Responds to Conch Quota Concerns

Since the beginning of the week, News Five has been taking an in-depth look at the state of Belize’s conch fishery.  There have been serious concerns raised about enforcement of [...]

D.O.E. says Fines and Fees in Proposed Plastic Ban Legislation will be Reviewed

As you may know by now, the Department of Environment is pushing full steam ahead to phase out single use plastics and Styrofoam in Belize by December of this year. [...]

Will There Be Help for Plastics and Styrofoam Businesses to Transition to Biodegradables?

And so the phase out is a staggered process that starts with the importation followed by local production. The ban will affect the bottom line and even see many importers [...]

Relocations in Bootsville, Prior to and After Fire

The late evening fire that eviscerated the home of Melanie Adolphus has displaced her family, but if there is a silver lining on that dark cloud it’s the fact that [...]

Details of the sailboat that ran aground!

The Belize Coast Guard has issued a statement with the details surrounding a sail boat that ran aground on the Sapodilla Caye Marine Reserve. According to the Coast Guard, they [...]

Senate Debates Caracol Road Loan Motion

The Government has secured an additional twenty million US dollars loan from the Kuwait Fund for partial financing of Phase Two of the upgrading of the Caracol Road. In Phase [...]

Coastal Road Rehabilitation Project Debated by Senators

The second loan motion which was debated in the Senate today was one for thirty-six point five million U.S. dollars. Those monies have been secured from the Caribbean Development Bank [...]