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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020. 6:39 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today the Fisheries Department announced its new measures in light of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new measures, which become effective on Monday, March 30, include no longer seeing walk-in customers, and making public visitations by appointment only; only applications for renewals of fisherfolk and vessel licenses will be received and the Department will be applying the guidelines for social distancing in terms of entry to the compound; applications for seafood permits are suspended until further notice; research permit applications will only be received online; and, all drop-off of packages to be done at the security booth.

The department encouraged the public to submit their applications/queries online via email addresses: Fisheries Department fisheries_department@fisheries.gov.bz for all matters; Senior
Fisheries Officer (Mr. Rigoberto Quintana): seniorfisheriesofficer@fisheries.gov.bz for all matters, including queries about Enforcement; Hampton Gamboa hampton.gamboa@fisheries.gov.bz or Lyndon Rodney lyndon.rodney@fisheries.gov.bz for enforcement; Adriel Castañeda adriel.castaneda@fisheries.gov.bz or Mrs. Alicia Eck-Nuñez alicia.nunez@fisheries.gov.bz  for Marine Reserves; and Felicia Cruz felicia.cruz@fisheries.gov.bz for research Permits.

The department also said that the public can follow their social media pages for additional updates.

The Fisheries Department thanks the public for its understanding and cooperation at this time and continues to encourage everyone to put precautionary measures in place to protect the health and safety of all. The public can follow their Facebook page and website for additional updates.

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