On Wednesday, December 8, a ban was set on all forms of trawling in the Belize — a major victory for ocean lovers and wildlife. The ban is set to take effect on December 31, 2010.
Trawling is a very destructive and controversial type of fishing. The process involves dragging a weighted net across the seafloor, which can crush anything in its path — turning vibrant seafloor ecosystems to rubble in an instant and leaving baby fish without homes.
Once the ban is in effect, Belize will be one of the first countries in the world to institute a complete and permanent ban on trawling in all its waters — helping to preserve the reportedly unhealthy Belize Barrier Reef.
Groups, such as Oceana, were a major part in fighting for this cause. Great job and a major thank you to Oceana for its good work and all the activists that supported them — you helped make this possible!
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