THE COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY TO COLLECT SPORT FISHING LICENSE FEES.
Belize City, Belize, September 26, 2009 — With the passage of the new Sport Fishing regulations into law, the Coastal Zone Management Authority (CZMA) has been given the mandate to issue Sport Fishing licenses and collect Sport Fishing license fees. The new CZMA and new Fisheries legislation that was also signed has brought about the protection of the three main sport fishing species: Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit. These fish are for catch and release only purposes only.
Anglers wishing to go Sport Fishing will now have to first get a license from the CZMA. The new regulations will be enforced by the relevant enforcement authorities.
The CZMAI has looked into the most efficient and widely accessible way of enabling anglers to purchasing a license with the help from many of the stakeholders involved. Many suggestions and recommendations have been given to the Authority by these stakeholders. These recommendations will be thoroughly analyzed and where possible be incorporated into a new management plan.
The CZMAI is committed to working closely with all stakeholders to allow for the smooth implementation of the new regulations.