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#297774 - 09/09/08 07:54 PM Tarpon, permit and bonefish protected in Belize
Marty Offline
Outposts favors conservation efforts anywhere, as long as they don’t unnecessarily interfere with recreational opportunities.

So Belize is applauded for approving new legislation mandating catch and release for tarpon, permit and bonefish.

The Central American nation is a paradise for scuba divers but also fly anglers from around the world, seeking to land these powerful game fish in pristine flats.

According to the legislation, “These three species may not be possessed by any person or establishment for any purpose save and except in the act of catch and release.”

That's great news for anglers, who generally release their fish but have seen them on sale in local markets and restaurants. Commercial exploitation will cease, supposedly, and the fishery should benefit.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/outposts/2008/09/tarpon-permit-a.html



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#299645 - 09/19/08 09:30 PM Re: Tarpon, permit and bonefish protected in Belize [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Belize is proud to announce that the protection of bonefish, tarpon and permit as catch and release species has been passed by the Cabinet of Belize. According to the legislation:

No person or establishment shall have in possession any bonefish, permit or tarpon or any product form, save and except in the act of catch and release.

A study entitled "Economic Impact of Recreational Fishing for Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon in Belize for 2007" prepared by Anthony J. Fedler, Ph.D. says that:

with adequate management, it is quite realistic to suggest that sport fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon will generate an economic impact of roughly $600 million for Belize over the upcoming decade.

Belize has long been known as a world-class destination for saltwater flats fishing. Tourism is a "National Priority" of the small, English speaking country of Belize, which is located in Central America on the Caribbean Sea. The sustainability of its tourism product is fundamental to its future success. Recognizing this fact, the Government of Belize, is proud to be a leader in this global protection effort.

Along with the protection of the three species, and equally important, is the institution of a fishing license. The proceeds from which should provide the necessary funding for enforcement of this landmark legislation.

Many people worked tirelessly to enact this legislation including Ali Gentry Flota of El Pescador Lodge, Craig Hayes of Turneffe Flats Lodge and Mike Huesner of Belize River Lodge, along with countless independent guides and anglers and friends of Belize.

This is the most all encompassing legislation of its kind. It is great news for Belizeans, anglers, tourists and conservationists alike.

For more information please contact Alissa Gentry Flota, El Pescador Lodge. www.elpescador.com/fishing or alissa@elpescador.com + 501-226-2398

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