Fisheries Department Confiscates Gill Net in Belize City

Belize City. January 24, 2019. On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, immediately acting on a report received, the Fisheries Department recovered and confiscated an old derelict gill net in the vicinity of the Bird’s Isle area of Belize City. The gill net did not have a registration tag as required by law and no fish or any marine animal were found entangled in the gill net. It was established that the net was set by minors a couple days prior.

The Fisheries Department would like to take this opportunity to remind fisher folks and the public that in accordance with Regulation 17 of the Fisheries Act, 210s of the Subsidiary Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000-2003:

No beach seine, trap, weir, or stop net shall be set, hauled or otherwise used for the purpose of taking fish at any place situated within a distance of half a mile from any city, township, village, settlement or other inhabited locality in Belize: