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Conservation organizations in the US joining the fight to have gill-nets banned in Belize

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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019. 1:34 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Two conservation organizations in the United States are raising funds to assist the campaign in Belize to have gill-nets, an environmentally unfriendly piece of fishing equipment, legally banned from being used in Belize to ensure that the sport-fishing industry remains viable.

The Yellow Dog Community & Conservation Foundation (YDCCF) and the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries say that they have already arranged a substantial donation that secures much of the funding necessary to bring the gill-net ban to fruition and ensure a sustainable sport-fishing industry in the country, but are encouraging businesses involved in the fly fishing industry to join the efforts, because gill-nets are bad for business everywhere.

“Our industry here in the States is impacted as well since there’s a consistently growing amount of fly fishing products—from rods, reels, and fly lines to packs, boots, clothing and more—that are put to use while wading Belizean flats and patrolling in skiffs or pangas,” the YDCCF said.

In May, the Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries launched a campaign to get lobby for legislation to get gill-nets phased out and replaced with more sustainable fishing practices. Sport-fishing in Belize provides nearly 3,000 jobs and generates more than $100 million dollars annually for Belize’s economy.

 

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