Trawling Banned in Belize Waters


Belize Blue Hole

Oceana, an international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, announced a few days ago on their blog that they bought out Belize’s last two trawlers as part of a government-backed move to stop all trawling activities in the surrounding waters. In December 2010 Belize banned trawling, joining Venezuela and Palau as the third country to ban these activities, but this buyout essentially finishes off mid-water and bottom trawling. And the ban doesn’t just focus on the pristine seas that surround Belize. It will also ban all trawling in inland rivers and lagoons. Out of all the money going into the buyout, $100,000 is earmarked for micro-loans for local fishermen and another $60,000 for disaster relief.

This is all good new of course, as Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the entire world, smaller than only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.


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  • The waters off the cayes in Belize is amazing. You can see 30+ft into the depths and the crustaceans and fish that swim in the waters are a delight to snorkel above and watch.

    I am glad that the areas is being better protected.