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Belize’s conservation efforts highlighted in British newspaper

Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019. 11:08 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The London-based newspaper “The Guardian” paid respect to Belize’s efforts in marine conservation this week through a feature article entitled “Why tiny Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean.”

The article, published today, highlighted Belize’s Managed Access (MA) program, the system that began in 2016 which has given traditional fishers the rights to secured grounds if they obtain licenses and report their catch. The article also featured interviews from several key persons within the area of marine conservation including Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade, who pointed out that Belize is the only country in the world to successfully divided all its territorial waters, including functional fishing waters, along with Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) executive director Celia Mahung.

The article highlighted that Belize’s groundbreaking approach to managing marine resources has seen tangible returns, with an estimated reduction of illegal fishing of up to 60 percent, shown through the quality and sustainability of fish stocks and population of marine exports such as lobster and conch. 

 

The article also highlighted that the country’s gains show up in the removal of the barrier reef from its UNESCO endangered status and stressed that greater legislative support and enforcement efforts are needed to ensure that the progress is maintained.

 

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