Posted: Monday, December 23, 2019. 11:39 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Prime Minister Dean Barrow has said that if there is more money available to ensure that the current number of gill net users can successfully transition to alternative livelihoods faster than the timeline it has set, it would accelerate a complete ban on their usage.
As it stands now, he told reporters, the $2 million raised by OCEANA and the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage to buy back gill nets and fund the transition is simply not enough, and he hinted that other unnamed conservation groups agree.
Barrow also cited opposition from other gill net users, including those from the Dangriga area.
There is a moratorium on approving further gill net licenses, a ban on those from Guatemala and elsewhere applying, and a ban on usage south of Punta Gorda Town and in the Sarstoon River.
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