Belize Tourism Board Honors Dwayne Garcia for 30 Years of Marine Conservation

Belize Tourism Board Honors Dwayne Garcia for 30 Years of Marine Conservation

The Belize Tourism Board has honored Dwayne Garcia, Captain within the Conservation Compliance Unit in the Fisheries Department, after dedicating thirty years to marine conservation. Garcia has received this year’s Frontline Hero Award for his unwavering dedication and remarkable journey in his role as Coxswain at the Conservation Compliance Unit (CCU). He is a decorated seafarer and a dedicated captain, who has worked across the tourism, marine, and conservation sector. Garcia told the board his passion for the sea and fishing began at an early age and was shaped by his father’s profession as a fisherman. 

Dwayne Garcia, Frontline Hero Award Recipient: “From I was a little boy growing up I’ve been in and out with my dad on the ocean in the summer time while I was going to school and this is how I got to love this kind of job. I love the ocean and love the job that I do right now as a fisheries officer. I’ve been here from since 1991. When I first started the job I was back in the day you used to say messenger now they call it office assistant. But back in the day I used to be a messenger but I didn’t know anything about Belize because when I first came from Placencia it was bush so I didn’t know up stop, no street in Belize City. The project started in 1994 through the US Embassy and they formed this patrol unit named Conservation Compliance Unit shortname the CCU and I was the office assistant so when they just asked my boss to go on a little day trip with them and you know one day – well I already knew how to drive a boat and everything but I didn’t come to go into the unit I came as an office assistant and one day I asked them if I could dock up the boat so when I docked the boat my boss looked at me and said well you drive like a captain and right away, well they needed workers so he just moved me from the office assistant to the assistant captain.”

In addition to the award, Garcia received a $1,500 cash prize and a two-night stay for two at Sirenian Bay Resort and Villas.

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