Belize to Celebrate Fisherfolk Day

Friday, June 26, 2015. BMG: Internationally, many nations celebrate Fisherman’s day and on a smaller scale, June 29th of every year is celebrated in our region and in our country as ‘Caribbean Fisherfolk Day’. Press

A consortium of organizations along with the Belize Fisheries Department organized a series of events to acknowledge our Belizean fishers and their contribution to our economy, society and cultural development.

This year’s event, under the theme, “The Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy: breaking the cycle of poverty in fishing communities,” is expected to be the biggest one yet with a new award being introduced, courtesy of LoveFM.

This award is named the Punta Fuego Outstanding Fisher Award” and will be presented to one lucky fisher by Ms. Ralna Lewis in a ceremony at the Coastal Zone Training room on Monday, June 29th. Fisherfolk Day Ceremony Agenda

The schedule of events begins from Sunday with a church service for fisherfolk at the Central Assembly of God Church in Belize City, starting at 10:00 a.m. The program then continues with the blessing of boats by Father Mathew Ruhl at 7:00 a.m on Monday, followed by the issuing of the “Punta Fuego Outstanding Fisher Award” at 9:00 a.m.

The event will close with the giving of tokens of appreciation to fishers at landing sites and cooperatives starting at 11:00 a.m.

The public is invited to join in these events as the hardworking men and women of Belize’s fisheries sector are celebrated.

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