Catch & Release Education

As a quintessential action toward sustainability, Catch & Release legislation of bonefish, permit, and tarpon offers significant long-term economic and social advantages for Belize.  However, the advantages will only be realized through strong buy-in and support from key stakeholders in Belize, including commercial fishermen, local businesses, the Government of Belize, nonprofit agencies and local citizens.  Turneffe Atoll Trust will develop a public outreach program to advance the understanding, significance and relevance of catch and release protection.  Presently, significant confusion exists in Belize due to the institution of a Sports Fishing License at the same time the catch and release protections were adopted.  This confusion has the potential to erode support for catch and release, and it must be clarified.