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Fisher of the Year 2021 #550598
06/05/21 04:29 AM
06/05/21 04:29 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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As part of Fisherfolk month, nomination to recognize that outstanding fisher of the year is now open!!!

Request nomination form via email to [email protected] or [email protected]

“Better care for a better share – building a creative small-scale fisheries sector."

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Re: Fisher of the Year 2021 [Re: Marty] #551175
06/29/21 08:07 PM
06/29/21 08:07 PM
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Marty Offline OP

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Maria Allen is Fisher of the Year 2021

WCS - "Maria Allen, a 43-year-old fisherwoman, who lives on Caye Caulker is Fisher of the Year 2021!

Maria, who has been fishing for over 30 years, continues to fish during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been helping other fishers in her community, where she acts as a receiving agent for marine products on behalf of National Fishermen Producers Cooperative Society Limited.

As an agent for National Fishermen Cooperative in the village of Caye Caulker, Maria receives seafood products, namely conch and lobster, from fishers in Caye Caulker and send to the city to the National Fishermen Cooperative processing plant. She encourages her women friends to fish saying it offers an opportunity for self-employment and not having to depend on anyone for work.

Maria’s dad, Theodore Allen is also a fisher and founding member of Northern Fishermen Coop. She learned a lot about fishing from her father, as she would go fishing with him from a young age. She introduced her husband to fishing, and has two grown sons who are also fishers. Together they build their own lobster shades and traps, and do lobster fishing, deep-sea and shallow water fishing, and sometimes conch. Maria and her family have a thriving stone crab business where they supply the highly demanded delicacy to numerous restaurants throughout Belize.

Maria says “fishing is an interesting job and you get to see different things every day; for example, on a rare occasion, you could find a lobster with three antennas.

Two other persons were also selected as Outstanding Fishers of the Year 2021. They are Victoria Tun, of Dangriga, and member of the Wabafu Fisher Association, who has been fishing for over twenty years; and Nestor Lopez, of Corozal Town, a member of Northern Fishermen Cooperatives, who has been fishing for over 25 years.

The Fisher of the year will receive $2,000 cash prizes; while the two Outstanding Fishers will receive a combined total of $1,500 in cash and prizes.

Sponsors for these prizes include The Nature Conservancy - TNC in Belize, Environmental Defense Fund, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, AMC Belize, Oceana Belize, and Wildlife Conservation Society.

Today’s award coincides with commemoration of Caribbean Fisherfolk Day on June 29, under the theme: “Better Care for a Better Share – Building a Creative Small-Scale Fisheries Sector”.

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