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Cuban Embassy meets with Fisheries Department to discuss marine environment

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018. 9:14 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday, the Belize Fisheries Department and Cuban authorities met to discuss issues affecting the marine environment in Belize.

Members from the Cuba Oceans Program were present and Director, Daniel Whittle explained that their organization works to preserve Marine ecosystems that fish depend on. “Belize and Cuba are two of the most important places in the Caribbean in terms of biodiversity fisheries. For environmental reasons and benefits but also for socio-economic benefits for the people,” he said.

All fishing communities depend highly on marine eco-systems therefore, the two countries shared their strategies and ideas, he added.

Some of the major issues are illegal fishing, climate change and pollution.

Cuban Ambassador to Belize, H.E. Lisette Perez was also at the meeting and said that cooperation in fisheries is important and that both countries share a lot in common in this respect.

“We share the Caribbean Sea. We have the similarities and the same challenge in the area of fisheries and in the area of the maritime spaces that we can share in our common area with Belize,” Ambassador Perez shared.

The team will be touring across Belize and meeting different stakeholders.

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