Posted: Friday, December 9, 2016. 11:03 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Sunday December 4 was observed as Wildlife Conservation Day and Oceana celebrated those fishermen who make a conscious effort to protect marine wildlife by choosing sustainable gear over destructive gear such as gillnets.
The handing over of a gillnet to Oceana by the fishermen was done as a symbolic gesture of their decision to practice more sustainable methods of fishing in order to protect and preserve marine wildlife and resources that are destroyed by this indiscriminate gear.
Gill nets are notorious for damaging reef habitats and drowning marine mammals such as dolphins and whales, as well as other charismatic and keystone species like sharks and sea turtles.
In Belize, there is evidence of the gear catching, entangling and killing protected species like bonefish, tarpon, permit, and endangered species like the manatee.
Oceana continues to advocate for a phase out of gillnets in Belize and reiterates its commitment to support the process