Home » Categories » Things to do » Fishing

What is the law on spearfishing?

Spear fishing guns are legal only free diving. No tanks allowed when using spear guns. Big fines and prison terms if caught using with tanks. Also, it is totally ILLEGAL with scuba equipment or any type of fishing equipment within Marine Reserves and punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

While I am stating it is legal with snorkel equipment I would certainly never take a tourist spearfishing and would hope nobody else would.

It would not take long to deplete the fishlife it we marketed spearfishing therefore I think it should be left for the locals who have fed their families for generations using this one of many fishing methods.

Spearfishing with a tank on your back is totally illegal.

Lately they changed the rules to allow spearing lionfish while diving but only with a special spear designed for that.Having said that, lots of people(tourist/residents) spearfish fish while snorkeling and just don’t get caught because of our lame enforcement ..

4 (1)
Article Rating (1 Votes)
Rate this article
  • Icon PDFExport to PDF
  • Icon MS-WordExport to MS Word
Attachments Attachments
There are no attachments for this article.
Comments Comments
There are no comments for this article. Be the first to post a comment.
Related Articles RSS Feed
Sea Urchins and Sea Cucumbers: Request for Harvest Data/Information
Viewed 1172 times since Thu, Nov 13, 2014
What is the fishing like?
Viewed 4940 times since Thu, Dec 10, 2009
Do you have a list of Belize Jungle Lodges?
Viewed 5586 times since Sat, Sep 10, 2011
I am planning a vacation trip to the Ambergris Caye area and I am an avid spearfisherman. Is spearfishing still legal in this area? Also what are the special regulations if any in this area for shore fishing?
Viewed 1905 times since Tue, May 8, 2012
Should I obtain a Sport Fishing License from CZMAI web site or locally on AC
Viewed 3486 times since Fri, May 13, 2011
When is conch season?
Viewed 7848 times since Thu, Dec 7, 2006
Seafood Guide to Belize
Viewed 3332 times since Tue, Apr 16, 2013
How do you catch lobsters if not with a trap?
Viewed 5338 times since Thu, Dec 7, 2006
Belize Fishing Regulations
Viewed 11721 times since Thu, Mar 10, 2011
Fishing Licensing Schedule 2014
Viewed 435 times since Fri, Nov 21, 2014