Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019. 12:55 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: A recent article published by Caricom Today notes that Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean.
The journalist who wrote the article quoted a ranger from the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) who met some fishers.
The ranger, Allan Halliday, checks the licenses of fishers in the area near the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, one of nine designated zones in Belize.
They spoke to Alonzo Reymundo and his wife who were fishing at the time.
Reymundo told them that there is concern among fishers about the rules that restricts 3,000 commercial fishers to two geographic areas each.
TIDE’s ranger noted that illegal fishing has declined due to enforcement of the rules and laws in the areas, however, during the night, there are illicit incursions from Guatemala and high-speed chases around the reserve’s 500 square miles of pristine sea.
The rangers alternate shifts at their station on Abalone Caye.
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