Fisher groups in Belize have been speaking out against new regulations set out by the Fisheries Department that will take effect on July 1 of this year. The regulations outline the size of conch and lobster, which fishers are allowed to catch. Because the new rules say the shellfish are to be larger than what they catch now, the fishers argue that the new regulations will negatively impact their livelihoods. And now, more concerns have come arisen over how the rules will impact tourism. According to Tourism Minister Anthony Mahler, with the proper consultations, sustainable benefits can be achieved.
Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism: “We want an industry that is sustainable. I believe that the Minister of Blue Economy and his team have done a tremendous amount of work, ensuring that they have the right information and making the right decisions and so in the short term we’re going to be for the betterment of the fisherfolks.”