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Joyjah Estrada gilnetted for Oceana Belize "Are We Drowning Our Future" campaign

Joyjah Estrada: As someone who is always posting and boasting about my beautiful country. Working with Oceana gave me the perfect opportunity to bring awareness to not just its beauty but the issues affecting our marine resources. This Photoshoot was unlike any other I've done. Being entangled in a #gillnet for an extended period of time wasn't fun, and it's so sad to think that this is happening to so much of Belize's marine life. Gill nets can't tell the difference between a fish, manatee , turtle or dolphin. They continue to damage reef habitats and drown these protected, charismatic and key stone species. As a country that depends highly on #tourism the continued use of #gillnets is drowning our ability to rely on sea to provide us with food, jobs and cultural identity.... We are drowning our future. To find out more about Oceana and their "Are We Drowning Our Future" campaign visit #stopthenets

The photo shoot took place in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The photos were taken by Oceana’s Alex Ellis and feature models Joyjah Estrada and Emaun Hyde entangled in a gillnet; in the same way many charismatic, protected and economically important species are trapped in this destructive gear.

Photograph by Oceana Belize

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