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#282238 - 05/31/08 08:14 PM Economic Impact of Recreational Fishing in Belize  
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Our Chamber was presented a copy of the report on the economic impact of recreational fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit in Belize as well as a 2 page executive summary of the Study. Our Chamber will be writing a letter of support for the protection of these 3 species (no kill, catch and release status).
The reports are attached as .PDF files if you would like to review the findings.

A) //ambergriscaye.com/art/pdfs/BPTExecutiveSummary-Final.pdf
//ambergriscaye.com/art/pdfs/BPTEconomicReport-Final.pdf



#282320 - 06/01/08 06:24 PM Re: Economic Impact of Recreational Fishing in Belize [Re: Marty]  
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Some very useful information here, Marty. Shows clearly the impact of sports fishing in Belize, with about 125 fishing guides and more than a dozen fishing lodges. Thanks for posting. For some reason I couldn't download it from the Chamber meeting minutes and appreciate getting it here.

--Lan Sluder


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#283111 - 06/06/08 08:44 AM Re: Economic Impact of Recreational Fishing in Belize [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]  
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There are some saltwater flyfishing bullitin boards in the US asking that letters of support be written, and the initiative is being pushed by Craig Hayes down at Turneffe Flats. Are these species widely used as a food fish by Belizeans? It seems like a no-brainer, but is there any feeling that foreigners are trying to tell Belize what to do?


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#283115 - 06/06/08 09:01 AM Re: Economic Impact of Recreational Fishing in Belize [Re: krehfish]  
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Things are changing to promote and accept more catch and release as is obvious from the report. Fishing guides are realizing the economic value of these species. Many other fishermen, commercial, still consider anything that swims to be eaten. As far as foreigners telling them what to do, I think the acceptance of catch and release has come about from guides seeing the $ potential, not so much us telling them how important it is. Unfortunatly, that $$$ incentive does not reach some of the areas where people fish to eat.


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