In accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 67 of 2009, under the Fisheries Act Chapter 210 of the laws of Belize Revised edition 2000-2003, the Belize Fisheries Department hereby reminds all fishers and the general public that:

No person shall fish for, or harvest, at any time in the waters of Belize, or buy, sell, have in possession, export or attempt to export any sea cucumber after June 30th, 2016. The season will remain closed from July 1st to December 31st 2016.

Any person found in possession of sea cucumber after this date will be charged and prosecuted in a Court of Law in accordance to the Fisheries Regulations. The assistance of the fishing community and the general public is greatly appreciated in the sustainable use and conservation of this important fishery resource.

For additional information or to report any illegal activity please contact the Fisheries Department at telephone number: 224-4552/203-2623 or by email: [email protected]