Trading On Turneffe - 05/04/13 11:15 AM
Hon. Lisel Alamilla - Minister of Fisheries
"Well we would have declared that area as a Marine Protected Area even without having identified the funding because it's important for Belize to protect that area because of its Bio-diversity and of it's importance to the livelihood of fisher folks. But having some money to move this forward is very helpful."
Dr Robert Bensted-Smith - FFI's Regional Director for the Americas & Caribbean
"This area in particular is one where there is great possibility to combine benefits for diversity conservation with the benefits of the economy and development of the country and especially the livelihood of ordinary people."
Turneffe Atoll had been the largest unprotected section of Belize’s Barrier Reef.