"NEW SPORT FISHING LICENSE APPROVED BY CABINET
September 03, 2008
Cabinet has approved the “Sport Fishing” License upon the recommendation of the ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Cooperatives. Sport Fishing, a catch and release of three types of fish, is expected to bring in three hundred thousand Belize dollars a year and create one thousand eight hundred new jobs. Stake holders in the industry namely National, Northern and the Rio Grande Fishing Cooperatives, hoteliers and Fishermen have been consulted and the three main types of fish that have been approved for sport fishing are Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit. Anyone wishing to get a Sports Fishing License can call the Fisheries Department in Belize City at 2-2-3-2-6-2-3 or 2-2-4-4-5-5-2."
Another price increase to an already expensive destination.
Questions: How is this going to create 1,800 new jobs unless they hire 1,800 "fishing wardens". And, if I understand this to be a license required for fishing for the 3 species listed, what happens when someone is fishing for snapper and one of the 3 species grabs his bait? Also, what is the cost and how long is the license good for?
Granted, this probably won't keep the die hard flats fishermen from coming to Belize. But, with all the negatives currently going against a vacation to Belize, the last thing needed is another cost and maybe just enough to keep someone who was thinking about a day or a half day fishing to pass on the experience.
Seems to me there are more downsides to this than gains.