Over the last few days we have carried the story where the Belize Federation of Fishers, BFF, accuses the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, TASA, of kicking it off its board of directors and further alleging that the composition of the board is illegal. While representatives of both organizations have addressed the matter, another name that the BFF has called is that of Beverly Wade, the Fisheries Administrator at the Belize Fisheries Department. The BFF says that her sitting on the board of directors is questionable because of her government position. Today, Wade responded to the accusations.
Beverly Wade Fisheries Administrator: “I don’t have anything to do with the day to day management of TASA nor the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve but what it has done as Vice Chair and as the Fisheries Department is to allow TASA to be much more coordinated with the Fisheries Department day to day programs. It has strengthen the work out at the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve and it has allowed us to have the kind of through and closer relationship that co managers should really have. I don’t see anything sinister with that and maybe it is a model that we should all look at instead of managing and managing separately and let us come together and see how we can make more efficiency with the limited resources that we have to do this kind of work and how we can have better coordination and better simply communication among us if we are co managing. The BFF and I want to state for the record is a member of the TASA board. They have never brought this issue to the TASA board of directors. We have found out about this issue as a side thigh and they have chosen to take it to the press.”
As we mentioned before, TASA has responded stating that the BFF still sits on its board.