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BNN calls on GOB to revisit decision made about the Gill net Ban

Despite the lobbying by Oceana Belize and other NGO’s for a phase out of gillnets, the Government has yet to make a move in either direction. Today, the Belize Network of NGOs (BNN), via a press release, called on the Government to reconsider its decision and immediately convene a conversation to reconsider the coalition’s proposal. As you may recall, a $2 million alternative livelihood program was proposed to the Government to financially support registered fishermen transitioning away from Gillnets.

Despite the lobbying by Oceana Belize and other NGO’s for a phase out of gillnets, the Government has yet to make a move in either direction. Today, the Belize Network of NGOs (BNN), via a press release, called on the Government to reconsider its decision and immediately convene a conversation to reconsider the coalition’s proposal. As you may recall, a $2 million alternative livelihood program was proposed to the Government to financially support registered fishermen transitioning away from Gillnets. In the press release, BNN stated quote “There is overwhelming support for a gillnet ban among commercial fishermen, who see the fish stocks seriously declining, and the tourism sector, which notes the damaging effects of gillnets on the tourism industry.” According to BNN the alternative fund would also directly benefit licensed Belizean fishers and their families.