Some while back there was an article in Daily about the GOB plans to require tourists, and others, to buy a fishing license to fish the waters of Belize. The new issue of "Fly Fishing Salt Water" has an article saying about the same thing. The article implied that resort owners were the promoters of legislation that would bring these license requirements about. It seem that their sole reason for doing so is to protect a declining population of Tarpon, Permit and Bone Fish from commercial fishing. I'm the first to admit that I don't know "jack" about commercial fishing in Belize. I ONLY fish the shallow flats inside the reef. The only commercial fishing that I've seen there is on the west side of SP, in a few weirs, that appear mostly to be unused. Question: Is commercial fishing for these species, beyound the reef, a real problem to populations, Or is the license program just another revenue project for the GOB?..... In any event, Tourists with Fly rods is DEFINATELY NOT the problem of deminishing populations of any specie of fish. Boats with nets can be the only people responsible, and they don't fish the shallow flats.
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