Meanwhile in Belize...
Fonte Mar Alliance - Belize
We are dismayed to receive these photos shared with us today of fishers who just recently fished, landed and mocked several globally #endangered great hammerheads, a large, locally rare and putatively pregnant #tiger #shark and a #nurse shark (#protected species in Belize) on a caye in southern Belize.
With the exception of nurse sharks and whale sharks, shark fishing may well be legal in Belize. BUT is this the image of a progressive and marine life and tourism-friendly Belize that we wish to project to the world?
Moreover, any transport of hammerheads across borders to Guatemala (which is where the meat and fins go) is illegal as it contravenes the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (#CITES) for which there is no completed assessment yet of the sustainability of #hammerhead #fisheries in #Belize.
Belize could truly become the shark and coral reef diving destination of the #Caribbean IF Belize would conserve its sharks...that are also key to maintaining #coral #reef and finfish fisheries health. Let's be proactive and progressive.
We can't have our cake and eat it too.
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