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Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2022. 9:29 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Friday, the Belize Fisheries Department and the  Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation informed that the selected provisions of Statutory Instrument 128 of 2021, including amendments to the Spiny lobster regulations will be implemented in a phased approach.

“This strategy has become necessary given the outcomes of recent engagements with several fishing communities across the country,” the department said.

In addition, the implementation of the amended lobster regulations that establish a new lobster carapace length of 3.25 inches, a minimum tail weight of 4.5 ounces, and a lobster trap escape gap of 2 1/8 inches will be deferred until next year.

The opening of the lobster fishing season will remain from July 1st, 2022 to February 28th, 2023.

The fishing community will be engaged to gather additional inputs and recommendations from fishers and fishers’ organizations, the department further added.

The Fisheries department thanked the fishing community for their continued support of the improved management and conservation of the fishery resources of Belize.

 

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