Will fishers agree to a gillnet ban?

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Recently several NGOs and the Belize Federation of Fishers (BFF) proposed that the government phase out and ban the use of gill nets in Belizean waters. While the proposed phase-out ban has been opposed by the Fisheries Department and the Belize Fisherman’s Cooperative Association (BFCA), BFF continues to lobby for a phase-out ban.

In speaking with the BFF about its support for the ban, Nigel Martinez, Director of the BFF stated that he realizes that fishermen who agree to put down their gillnets must be given opportunities for other livelihoods. To this end, the BFF has been working on possible alternatives for gillnet fishers who agree to consider more sustainable forms of fishing. 

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Coalition Lobbies Against the use of Gill Nets

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The Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fishery is the umbrella organization for the Turneffe Atoll Trust, Oceana Belize, the Belize Federation of Fishers, the Belize Game Fish Association, the National Sports Fishing Association, and the Mar Alliance. All these fishing-related organizations have organized to lobby the government of Belize to outlaw one very specific fishing gear, which is gill nets. Love News went to a marine reserve with representatives of the coalition to make a case against gill net use.

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Are We Drowning Our Future

Oceana Social Media Project Portrays Indiscriminate Nature of Gillnets - As part of ongoing advocacy efforts to promote the use of sustainable fishing gear in Belize’s marine environment, Oceana launched a social media component in the ARE WE DROWNING OUR FUTURE? | #stopthenets campaign. The photographs feature Belizean social media personalities and are designed to highlight the indiscriminate nature of gillnetting at sea.

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