Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017. 8:38 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: On Monday, Mar Alliance shared photos of two men posing with two dead sharks on a Caye in Southern Belize to its social media page.
Mar Alliance stated that it was dismayed with the fishers, who killed the two endangered Great Hammerhead sharks.
One of them was a pregnant Tiger shark and the other a Nurse shark (both protected species in Belize).
According to Mar Alliance, while shark fishing may be legal in Belize, with the exception of nurse sharks and whale sharks, Mar Alliance questioned if this is the image of a progressive and marine life and tourism-friendly Belize that we wish to project to the world?
Moreover, any transport of hammerheads across borders to Guatemala (which is where the meat and fins go) is illegal as it contravenes the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora, for which there is no completed assessment yet of the sustainability of hammerhead fisheries in Belize.
Mar Alliance says that Belize could truly become the shark and coral reef diving destination of the Caribbean if Belize would conserve its sharks that are also key to maintaining coral reef and finfish fisheries health.
“Let’s be proactive and progressive. We can’t have our cake and eat it too,” Mar Alliance said.
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