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Sustainable fishing practices ensure that our marine resources are not depleted in the process of consumption. Applicable legislations have been put in place by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries so that fishermen, commercial or sport, remain within legal parameters when it comes to the use of marine resources. It is, however, a continuous process of revising existing laws and adding statutory instruments where seen fit.  Today the ministry in association with the Coastal Zone Management Authority and other relevant stakeholders held a press conference to discuss the implementation of secondary legislation. Fisheries Administrator Beverly Wade explains how critical the application of these S.I.s are to the sustainability of marine resources.

New regulations in place for fishing practices

New regulations in place for fishing practices

Beverly Wade; Fisheries Administrator “What the current legislation does is allow us to enhance what we currently have in place. For example the zonations schemes in the marine reserves now allow us to be more effective at management in those areas. It also allows us to put in specialized management regimes in those areas to address all the activities that are happening in those areas. Before even though the reserves were declared only general fisheries laws were being enforces and there were no specific regulations which pertain to those particular areas. What zonation does is allow us to now have a prescription for management in those areas.”

Of the thirteen existing protected areas in the country eight of them are marine reserves.  Wade says these new instruments will apply to all eight. Beverly Wade; Fisheries Administrator “The zonation has, it‘s not say, the marine reserves were reserves before which had a zonation scheme in place but what this last legislation has done is to put zonation in those areas that lacked. So now you can well say that eight marine reserves in Belize are now fully equipped with the zonation scheme to now accommodate the necessary management regime in those areas.”

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And while Guatemala City has a high crime rate – Belize has a high cost of living. The statistical institute of Belize announced on Thursday, July 9th that the quarterly rate of inflation reduced by one tenth of one percent in the last quarter. If your wallet didn’t already tell you – that’s not good news. It dropped an encouraging one point six percent in the first quarter of the year. The marginal second quarter decline was due to a decrease in prices for food beverages and tobacco which fell by 3.7%. But transportation and fuel went up by 8.8%. (excerpts from 7News)

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