Ambergis Caye Fishing Guide Association holds a consultation at San Pedro Lionís Den

The Ambergris Caye Fishing Guide Association (ACFGA), held a meeting at the San Pedro Lionís Den on Wednesday, September 13th. Attending the meeting were fishermen and stakeholders who had a variety of topics to discuss.

At the top of the agenda were the results from a petition that had been submitted to the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) by the ACFGA, along with other fishing associations throughout Belize. The petition was submitted the month prior, and focused on some issues fishermen were facing due to their boat size, number of passengers, and requirements from the Belize Port Authority (BPA). Some fishermen claim that while aboard their Ďlanchoní boats, whether on the job or simply running errands, they are sometimes stopped by the BPA and given a summons. The summons is a result of requirements that currently ask boat owners to have a helper on board any boat 24 feet and under, with or without passengers.

At the meeting, Secretary Giovanni Marin indicated that the BTB has responded favorably, and is asking the various associations to provide them with a list of fishermen with 26-foot and under fly-fishing boats. They are to also provide the name of the boat, owner, license number and total capacity to their respective associations by September 30th. The fishing associations will then deliver the information to the Port of Commissioners.

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