Is a fishing license required in Belize?


If you’re going fishing, you need a license. Even if you’re going to be in a boat with someone who is fishing, but you’re not fishing yourself, you still need a license. Even if you’ll be fishing from shore, you need a license. You need a license to catch a fish. Period.
 
The law is supposed to be in the process of being re-written to eliminate from the licensing requirements fishing from shore, children under a certain age or senior citizens over a certain age, and the requirement that everybody in a boat on which fishing gear is located needs a license. (Right now, the way the law is written if 6 snorkelers go out on a boat and the guide brings along fishing gear to catch fish for lunch, all 6 snorkelers should have a fishing license.) 
 
Even if they eliminate some stupid things in the law, you’ll still always need a license for sportfishing, particularly for catch and release.
 
Get your Sport Fishing license online at CoastalZoneBelize.org 
Get a fishing license here:
https://apps.coastalzonebelize.org
 
Or call the CZMA at 223-0719/ 5739


Article Number: 216
Author: Fri, Feb 27, 2009
Last Updated: Mon, Jan 15, 2018
Author: Marty Casado

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