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Public invited to submit information in relation to Gillnets use

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019. 7:19 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration advises that it is accepting submissions from the public relating to the use of gill nets in Belize’s waters.

The purpose of conducting this information gathering is to obtain wide stakeholder input pertaining to current gillnet usage so as to inform the consideration of socio-economic and environmental impacts in relation to fisherfolk, the fisheries resources, and marine ecosystems.

The information obtained through this form will be compiled and utilized by the Gillnet Taskforce, with the aid of an independent consultant, to supplement the conduct of an in-depth assessment of the benefits, risks, threats, and impacts of gillnets.

The findings will be relayed back to stakeholders through consultations once the analysis has been completed.

The information will aid in making sound and informed recommendations as to the future of gillnet use in Belize.

Submissions are welcomed from the date of publication by the Government Press Office up to March 29, 2019.

Individuals, companies and/or organizations are encouraged to submit information by completing the attached form and append any information they wish to share as it relates to gillnets in the territorial waters of Belize.

Format for the submission of information/data

relating to the use of and/or elimination of gill nets

PURPOSE:

The purpose of conducting this information gathering is to obtain wide stakeholder input pertaining to current gillnet usage so as to inform the consideration of socio-economic and environmental impacts in relation to fisher folk, the fisheries resources, and marine ecosystems. The information obtained through this form will be compiled and utilized by the Gillnet Taskforce, with the aid of an independent consultant, to supplement the conduct of an in-depth assessment of the benefits, risks, threats and impacts of gillnets. The findings will be relayed back to stakeholders once analyses have been completed.  The information will aid in making sound and informed recommendations as to the management of gillnets in Belize.

 

SCOPE OF INFORMATION GATHERING:

Information/data submission will be open to anyone with information to share relating to gillnets.  The format for submission of information shall be this format.  Additional formats can be appended to this form.  To provide for a cut-off date, submissions are welcomed from the date of publication by the Press Office up to March 29th, 2019. Individuals, companies and/or organizations are encouraged to submit completed forms and any appended information they wish to share as it relates to gill nets in the territorial waters of Belize.

 

Instructions:  Please fill in blanks or circle options where provided.

 

  1. Name of Organization or Individual making the submission:

__________________________________________________________________________

One or more answers must be circled for each of the numbered sections below:

  1. Field of Expertise of the organization or individual making the submission: Conservation |   Fisherfolk   |  Law Enforcement  |   Research   |  Other (specify): _________________________________
  2. Purpose of submission is to give evidence and reasons for: Use of gill nets |  Elimination of gill nets
  3. Type of evidence submitted: research data |  personal observations  |  literature  |   anecdotal

 

The sections below must be filled in (additional titled sections may be added as necessary):

  1. Describe the source of the data or information being submitted: (If it is a third party report please cite the source. If it is research data briefly described when the data was collected, by whom, how it was collected and for what purpose.  If it is personal observation describe when, where and under what conditions the observations were made.  If it is anecdotal information describe as best as possible the source.  If it is a combination of more than one sources of information please list and describe accordingly.) (add space as necessary)

 

  1. In relation to the information being submitted, summarize the facts you wish to be taken into consideration: (add space as necessary)

 

  1. Give the reasons why you feel the information you are submitting supports the purpose of your submission stated in No. 3 above: (add space as necessary)

 

  1. Append any additional supporting data or information.

 

SUBMISSION:

Please submit completed forms and any appended information to the below email addresses or by hardcopy to the below physical address, with the subject at caption – “Gillnet Submission”:

Email:  [email protected] or [email protected]

Physical Address (for hardcopies): 

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration, Old Lands Building, Market Square, Belmopan, Belize. Tel: 501-828-4877.

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