Investigative Report: Guatemala’s Poaching of Belizean Waters

An investigation into Guatemala’s thriving shark fishing industry reveals serious concerns for Belizean fishermen. In February 2019, a team of investigative journalists from The Reporter traveled to Livingston, Guatemala to evaluate the scope of this illegal poaching of sharks, fish and other marine species from Belizean waters. Their findings were alarming.

Read the full investigative report here.

Permit gillnetted in Belize are taken to Guatemala and sold by the barrel. Permit are protected in Belizean waters as catch-and-release-only. Each permit that swims in Belizean waters has been found to have an economic value of thousands of dollars. Permit sold on the black market sell for a few meager dollars.

Permit gillnetted in Belize are taken to Guatemala and sold by the barrel. Permit are protected in Belizean waters as catch-and-release-only. Each permit that swims in Belizean waters has been found to have an economic value of thousands of dollars. Permit sold on the black market sell for a few meager dollars.