Fisheries management at the tri-national border between Belize, Guatemala and Honduras

PEREZ, A (2009) Fisheries management at the tri-national border between Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Marine Policy, 33 (2). pp. 195-200. ISSN 0308597X

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    Abstract

    The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System has considerably changed after a series of natural disturbances, especially hurricanes and extreme coral bleaching, and is further impacted by anthropogenic threats. Located at tri-national border between Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, the Sapodilla Cayes Range is specifically impacted by tourism, commercial fishing, and other anthropogenic activities occurring in the three countries and by the fact that Belize only claims 3 nautical miles of Exclusive Economic Zone in the south pending a settlement to a border dispute with Guatemala. This area represents a source of income and food to several coastal communities and to Belize's economy. Key fisheries products harvested in the area by the three countries are the same but fisheries legislations and the number of fishermen are different creating conflicts between fishermen. This paper summarizes the key problems that arise in Southern Belize fishing waters and the efforts made by the three countries to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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    Unique ID or DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2008.05.012
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Keywords: Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, Exclusive Economic Zone, Maritime Areas Act
    Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AC) Fish > (ACB) Marine
    (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBA) Coral Reefs
    (I) Socio-Economic Information > (IA) Economic Impacts
    (Z) Other or Unspecified
    Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3C) Other Universities
    Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2010 17:27
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 14:24
    URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1137

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