Victory In Belize: Trawling Banned!

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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64 comments

Myraida D.
Myraida Diaz4 years ago

Good example for Europe!

Nuno Correia
Nuno Correia5 years ago

good news. but still many countries to follow their step!

Ann P.
A P.5 years ago

We need to all trawling - shrimp trawling is devastating many species.

Carol Joan P.

Wonderful news! Yay!!!

Stefani S.
Stefani A.5 years ago

How great! This made my day, thanks for the post.

Lin Penrose
Lin Penrose5 years ago

This is terrific good news! I've seen trawling in action & the results are awful. Everything is either hurt & mangled or dead, when the fishers only want a couple of types of animals, they destroy hundred & the sea bottom also. Hope the rest of the fishing world will follow their example!

Yanula P.
Yanula P.5 years ago

Wonderful news!

Janine Kaczynski
janine Kaczynski5 years ago

HIP HIP HOORAY! YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEE HA! WHOPPEEEEEEEEEEEE. EAT SOME VEGETABLES! GROW FOOD, LEAVE THE LIVING BEINGS ALONE! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! (I'm a little excited, I've never been there yet and want to see ALL of it!

Jacqueline Lavanchy

Here's some good news ! The fish population will be able to reproduce and live, and feed the Belizeans ! Empress Ginger, it was the only way the fishermen could survive, because without any fish left...there would have been no fishermen either.

ilse diels
.5 years ago

good news!