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Shark Fishers Association opposes banning of gill nets in Belize

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018. 2:00 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  Today, the Shark Fishers Association of Belize issued a release sharing their official stance on the banning of gill nets in the country.

According to the association, the banning of gill nets is now threatening the way of life and survival of fishermen.

The association was recently formed to represent the hundreds of fishers that fish for scale fish and sharks.

“The members of the Shark Fishers Association have always abided to the Fisheries Regulations and cooperated with Government authorities in the conservation and protection of marine life. However, the Shark Fishers Associations believe that the campaign actions of Oceana and others in banning gill nets are now threatening their way of life” the release says.

Furthermore, the association claims that Oceana has never provided evidence that gillnets in Belize are negatively affecting the marine life.

Members of the association have been informed that a Gillnet Task Force has been commissioned to deal with gillnets in Belize.
However, the association says that they were not invited to participate in the first meeting of the Task Force.

Therefore, the association is formally expressing its desire to participate in the discussions to voice the position of hundreds of fishers.

The association makes it clear that they are against the banning of the gill nets in Belize and want the Government to hear their voice.

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