***FISHER OF THE YEAR 2020 ANNOUNCED ON CARIBBEAN FISHER FOLK DAY, YESTERDAY***
Thomas has been fishing for over 30 years, and is member of three fishing committees. He says he has been fishing since the age of 16 years, and was inspired by his father, who was also a fisher. Congratulations to John Thomas.
***CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OUTSTANDING FISHERS OF THE YEAR 2020***
We congratulate Mr. Lennox Leslie and Mr. Dermin Shivers, both of Placencia, who were selected as outstanding fishers for 2020.
Mr. Leslie, who has been fishing for over 35 years, is an active advocate for sustainable fishing, and a member of the Placencia Cooperatives.
Mr. Shivers a sports Fisher, turned commercial fisher, was nominated by his common-law wife, who describes him as an all-around fisher. Due to the COVID-19, Mr. Shivers has moved into commercial fishing in order to take care of his family and provide for consumers in southern Belize.
Both men will receive cash prizes from The Nature Conservancy, AMC Belize and WCS, totaling $1,500.
In addition, they will receive Punta Fuego T-shirtís and Certificates of Achievement.
Kudos to Mr. Leslie and Mr. Shivers, on behalf of the Fisherfolk Planning Committee, which is made up of MCCAP Fisheries, Fisheries Department - Belize, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations, and WCS.