Ten, twenty years ago, many fisher folk who used gill nets noticed that their catch was dwindling, realized that that method of fishing was unsustainable, and destructive, and on their own, without any prodding or legislation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, they gave up their nets.
An investigation into Guatemala’s thriving shark fishing industry revealed serious concerns for Belize’s fishery and its fishermen. In February 2019, a team of investigative journalists from The Reporter traveled to Livingston, Guatemala to evaluate the scope of illegal fishing for sharks, fish and other marine products in Belizean waters by Guatemalan fishermen. Their findings were alarming.
Full article here: https://www.reporter.bz/2019/04/06/13477/ .
In recent weeks, when we hear the word “gillnet,” we tend to associate it with our fishermen, sustainable fishing and the Belize Fisheries Department. But exactly: what is gillnetting and why are we having a debate about it? Love News traveled to Placencia where we spoke with Grayson Sierra, a Members of the Placencia Sports Fishing Association and a tour guide who provided an explanation.
Read the full article here: http://lovefm.com/negative-impacts-gillnets-belize/
Investor, philanthropist, and founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson has stated that more needs to be done to protect the ocean and its marine life.
In a recent trip to Belize, in Central America, the tycoon met with the nation’s prime minister Dean Barrow to discuss strategies for ocean protection, according to a blog post by Branson.
Read the article here: https://www.livekindly.co/richard-branson-sea-life-gillnet-fishing-horrendous/
Sustainable Fisheries Coalition calls out GOB and the Gill Net Task Force for inaction to reduce the harm of gill nets in Belize.
Sharks are a major target of gillnetting with shark fins representing the major cash crop. In 2007, Dr. Rachel Graham, Ph.D. estimated that 1.7 million pounds of shark meat and 16,000 pounds of shark fins were illegally taken from Belizean waters annually and sold in Guatemala.
Read Dr. Graham’s 2007 report here: https://maralliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RPT_Vulnerability-of-sharks_RGraham.pdf .