In case you havenít noticed, this subject is one that I have passionate feelings about since fishing is what first brought me to Belize.
So to take up more space, I will continue my response to f095's question about some answers. You see, I am also one of those that like to eat fish and therefore help create that demand.
What is perplexing to me is that Belize has a fishing industry. That is a resource of Belize that benefits the Belize people. Belize is also going to great lengths to expand itís tourists industry. Tourists like to come to Belize and eat seafood. Belize exports seafood. Lobster, for instance, cannot be eaten by a tourist in Belize from February 15th-June 15th. But Belize lobster can be eaten in Europe or the US, or where ever they export it to, during that time. There is a concern that Belize is being over fished. OK, so why is Belize exporting seafood if there is a demand in Belize for that seafood? Would not that Belize resource be better utilized by being consumed in Belize? Is not that lobster being eaten by a tourist in Belize who is spending a couple thousand dollars while there eating that lobster better than having that lobster eaten in Europe or the US?
Is not that fillet of grouper better utilized by being eaten in Belize and therefore lessening the pressure on the grouper population?
Belizeís fisheries are renewable resources As long as they are harvested in quantities that do not jeopardize the sustain ability of the resource, they will continue to benefit Belize.
If you accept the logic that the resource is limited, should not the increased demand created by increased tourism be offset by cutting back on what is exported? That is how I would think. The problem is there are the powers that be in Belize that think differently. And it is their country. So I am going to keep eating fish and not go home after a days fishing with a guilty conscience if my guide takes what I donít and feeds his family or sells it to the restaurants to feed all the rest of you tourists coming down here.