Posted: Monday, March 28, 2022. 8:21 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: OCEANA Belize has announced that Belize has joined the Global Fishing Watch Map, covering more than 50 affiliated vessels flying the flag.
Belize uses the data analysis facilitated by Global Fishing Watch to inform management measures of its vessels and fisheries and identify areas for improvement. This advancement is a testament to Belize’s commitment to transparency and leadership in high seas fisheries management.
On the GFW website, it states that the collaboration with Belize’s High Seas Fisheries Unit (BHSFU) formally began in June 2021 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with which we committed to publicly sharing the tracking data of the fishing vessels of its high seas fleet chasing tuna purse-seine, trawling, and longline—in the Global Fishing Watch public map.
Belize committed to fisheries transparency as an innovative way to improve the monitoring of its offshore fleet and strengthen compliance with its domestic national regulations to detect and prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing more effectively.
Belize’s fishing industry annually contributes three percent to the country’s GDP. Its major fisheries are spiny lobster, queen conch and shrimp.
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