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#319680 - 01/21/09 03:14 PM Sports Fishing in Belize Now Requires License
Marty Offline

It might be another unattractive fee that tourists will look down on and discourage them from coming to vacation in Belize, but with the signing of the new Sports Fishing regulations into law, the Coastal Zone Management Authority (CZMA) has been given the mandate to issue Sports Fishing licenses and collect Sports Fishing license fees.
Anglers wishing to go sports fishing will now have to first receive a license from the CZMA and the new legislation will be enforced by the Fisheries Department as well as the Belize Coast Guard. And although this will not affect people who are recreationally throwing a line from a pier, the new regulation will cost fishing enthusiasts some dollars to go out at sea and fish. The regulation is expected to tax dedicated anglers and hotels which take vacationers on the seas to catch large game.
The CZMA will carry out consultations in the following weeks with stakeholders on the process of issuance of the licenses, as well as the fees that will be charged. These meetings will also provide anglers an opportunity to discuss problems and present recommendations for the betterment of the industry on a whole.
The CZMA says that these recommendations will be thoroughly analyzed and where possible be incorporated into a new management plan for the industry, as well as the National CZM plan. Any questions about these new fees and the process can be forwarded to the CZMA offices on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City or you may call 223-0719/223-5739/223-2616.

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#319783 - 01/21/09 11:32 PM Re: Sports Fishing in Belize Now Requires License [Re: Marty]
papashine Offline
I understand that it is going to be about 20.00bz for the licence, I do not think it will disuade people from coming to Belize to fish.
Reality..What a concept!

#321537 - 01/30/09 09:57 PM Re: Sports Fishing in Belize Now Requires License [Re: papashine]
papashine Offline
I just phoned the CZMA, they could not answer if the proposed fishing license will cover spear fishing, they thought it would only cover line fishing, they are going puplic with the proposal over the next couple of weeks, so I guess we will have to wait and see how this will turn out.
Reality..What a concept!

#323525 - 02/12/09 05:30 PM Re: Sports Fishing in Belize Now Requires License [Re: papashine]
soccerbj1171 Offline
Marty or papashine,
I am coming to Belize in March and was planning on doing some flats fishing. I'm bring my rod and tackle with me to wade, but where will I be able to get a fishing license? Is the 20BZ/day the only license that can be purchased? Is this license even needed for someone fishing from the peirs and around the shore?

Any information would be a help smile. I tried calling the CZMA but the only response I got back was "Come on down, we'd be glad to have you."
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