As Game Fish Suffer, a Handful of Fishers in Belize Threaten the Livelihoods of Thousands

Image: Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Image: Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Each year, visiting anglers spend about $41.3 million to catch the prized game fish that flit through Belize’s inshore waters. But the country’s sports fishing industry is in danger. A handful of local fishermen who deploy gillnets — a destructive form of netting that can kill animals from shrimp to whales — are wiping out the recreational species that are a major lure for tourists.

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