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#115970 - 01/23/06 11:32 AM Long-Line Fishing Approved in Belizean Waters?  
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Long-line fishing is a practice that is prohibited in almost every country in the world. In the spring of 2004, the Department of Fisheries in Guatemala signed a treaty with all the Central American countries, including Belize to prohibit long-line fishing. It has come to the attention of some of the Chamberís members that the Japanese have somehow obtained the rights to begin testing long-line fishing in Belizean waters. This practice is extremely detrimental to the fish population. This could severely affect the livelihoods of many who make their living from fishing and/or guides who take tourists fishing...which eventually affect us all. When fishing with so many baited hooks along miles of line, there are many fish that are killed that arenít even kept, such as all the billfish. The main fish that are kept for sale are tuna and wahoo.

If this is true, it is truly a shame that someone with the authority to do this would allow such a tragedy to occur at the sacrifice of so many and for the benefit of so few.

If anyone has more information, please let us know at the Chamber of Commerce.

#115971 - 01/23/06 01:09 PM Re: Long-Line Fishing Approved in Belizean Waters?  
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#115972 - 01/23/06 01:39 PM Re: Long-Line Fishing Approved in Belizean Waters?  
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The beginning of the end!!! Long lines do not dicriminate to what they catch. Bad Bad BAD BAD practice to even allow for "testing"Why are they testing they do it all the time illegally now!!!

#115973 - 01/23/06 03:31 PM Re: Long-Line Fishing Approved in Belizean Waters?  

Makes sense. Belize has after all approved a captive dolphin pen, to make the perpetrators a small fortune. I wonder how much of that was needed to get approval?

#115974 - 01/24/06 09:17 PM Re: Long-Line Fishing Approved in Belizean Waters?  

I am sick and sick beyond belief. While spending time on Roatan, Honduras in the late 80's, @#@#@
resort was capturing the dolphin---I have pictures of them in their pens as I was petting them and they were loving me. The experience was awesome. Some were to stay to entertain the local tourists, while the rest were destined to go to other countries. That knowledge sickened me as the dolphin were clearly begging for their freedom. Hey!! WE HEARD THEIR CRY!!!!! FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!and the rest is pure sweetness--open sea--and thankyou. :p :p :p

#115975 - 01/24/06 09:33 PM Re: Long-Line Fishing Approved in Belizean Waters?  

Pedro2---If in fact Belize has approved of a dolphin pen for tourist interaction then I ??#@$#@??

#115976 - 01/25/06 02:28 AM Re: Long-Line Fishing Approved in Belizean Waters?  

If Katie Valk is following this thread I believe she can give more details. But yes, so far as I know a well known dive operation on the mainland is behind this venture at Turneffe, and it has been approved. For all I know it could have been built and populated by now.

#115977 - 01/25/06 05:55 AM Re: Long-Line Fishing Approved in Belizean Waters?  
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Dolphins at Spanish Lookout Caye, 9 miles from Belize City and they (The Hugh Parkey Foundation for Marine Awareness) just won the Belize Tourist Board Environmental Award. As did BEL while constructing Chalillo/destructing the Chiquibul forest. Right or wrong, Teresa Parkey and the McNabs are good people who I believe will do all they can to ensure the physical safety and health of the dolphins, who eminate from Roatan. For the cruise ship market.

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#115978 - 01/25/06 01:10 PM Re: Long-Line Fishing Approved in Belizean Waters?  

I KNOW the dolphins for use in Florida and other countries of the Caribbean etc. used to and still might come from Anthony's Key in Roatan. The diving resort has holding tanks. I'm no longer in touch with the owner so don't know details. The people who pay to swim with them create the demand and so life goes on no matter how SICK!! confused mad frown

#115979 - 01/25/06 01:19 PM Re: Long-Line Fishing Approved in Belizean Waters?  

Let me express myself about this more clearly!!!!!

frown frown frown frown mad mad mad mad

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