May 2018

BELTRAIDE completes Business Development Training at the Kolbe Foundation

The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service ( BELTRAIDE)  through  its technical units ;  the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC ) and  the Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize) conducted another round of trainings with  the Kolbe Foundation- Belize Central Prison with a focus on business development. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE completes Business Development Training at the Kolbe Foundation”

BELTRAIDE successfully completes Career Fair 2018

BELTRAIDE successfully implemented its very first CAREER FAIR, which connected up to 300 job seekers with job opportunities within six (6) hours. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE successfully completes Career Fair 2018”

BELTRAIDE participates in this year’s Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) 2018 held in Miami, Florida.

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BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, jointly with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and in collaboration with the Caribbean Investment Promotion Agency (CAIPA) participate at this year’s Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit currently being held at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami, Florida, U.S.A as of May 16th – 18th, 2018. The event serves as a platform for various tourism and hospitality stakeholders to meet in discussing strategic investment opportunities available in the Caribbean. The event hosts in excess of three hundred (300) delegates with profiles ranging from prestigious Hotel Brands and Company Executives, Developers, Lenders, Real Estate & Financial Intermediaries, and Government & Tourism Officials amongst others.

The core objective is to promote Belize as a unique tourism destination in attracting developments in the hospitality sector that are in accordance to its National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan (NSTMP). The event will also aid in learning on current tourism investment trends.

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For additional information, please contact the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) at or call +501 822-3737.

Belgian Chocolate Meets Belizean Cacao

On May 8, 2018, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) hosted the official Welcome Event for the Belize Cacao Trade and Investment Mission that is taking place from 8 – 11 May, 2018 in Belize.

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Managed Access: A Rights‐Based Approach to Managing Small-Scale Fisheries in Belize

In Belize fisheries contributes to domestic food security, livelihoods, economic development and is an important part of the tourism product of Belize. Additionally, Fisheries ranks 4th in income earnings and contributes 3% to the country’s GDP (2016). Belize is committed to ensuring the sustainability of its small-scale fisheries and has implemented a model for small-scale fisheries management based on three main pillars.

First, Belize’s laws provide for protection of critical marine habitats and associated fish species. The Government of Belize has over the years established a coastal network of nine (9) marine reserves, three (3) marine national parks, two (2) natural monuments, twelve (12) fish spawning aggregations sites and two (2) marine wildlife sanctuaries that in total cover some 4,051 km² (or 21.6 % of our territorial seas). Of these protected areas, some 619 km² (3% of our territorial seas) are designated as Replenishment zones or No-take areas.

Managed Access Group Photo

The second pillar is developing an international scientific partnership to use a fisheries data-limited approach for setting harvest control rules on catches that will prevent and reverse overfishing. We are now employing this system for our Queen Conch fishery, to ensure we are meeting our obligations to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild fauna and Flora.

The last pillar of Belize’s fisheries management model is a fully implemented national system of marine tenure and zoning that Belize calls Managed Access. This management tool allocates fishing rights for Belize’s 3,000 traditional fishers and provides incentives for fishers to protect their fishing areas. The Managed Access system is unique – as it is a multispecies system of fishing rights that covers the entire territorial waters of Belize, which no other country in the world has achieved thus far. The following excerpt highlights additional details on the Managed Access Program and the approach the Belize Fisheries Department took to manage the small-scale fisheries in Belize.

As readers may or may not know, for many years Belize’s fisheries were considered an open access fishery and the threat of resource depletion was clearly indicated by fishermen whose catch was constantly declining. Moreover, as an open access fishery, there was still a risk of overfishing that threatened fishermen livelihoods, exports and the industry due to uncontrolled growth in the number of fishermen. July of 2011 marked a turning point in the history of fisheries management in Belize, as the Belize Fisheries Department (BFD) in partnership with Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) pioneered at two of its marine reserves the implementation of a rights-based approach to fisheries management called Managed Access.

Managed Access Fisheries Map

The program was designed to empower traditional fishers by ensuring greater participation in the decision-making process which impacts their livelihood, and by improving the benefits to be derived from the fish stocks in terms of increased fish landings, reduction in fishing effort, larger size classes and increased prices and revenues. In addition, in the long term, there will be benefits accrued to the ecosystem which will contribute to the maintenance of the overall health and sustainability of the Belize Barrier Reef complex. Key to the success of this program are several components which include, but are not limited to: improvements in the licensing/registry system and process; a good monitoring and fishery dependent catch data collection program; a dedicated presence of enforcement personnel and use of new enforcement technologies; and most importantly, the greater active involvement of fishers themselves in the program via fishing area based committees. All of which, coupled with an extensive social marketing campaign and consultation process has yielded significant success and benefits for the resource as well as the stakeholders.

For more details on the Managed Access Programme and national initiatives in Fisheries development, please feel free to contact the Belize Fisheries Department at:

Belize Fisheries Department
Coastal Zone Multi-Complex Building
Princess Margaret Drive
Belize City, Belize
Phone: +501-203-2623 / 224-4554

By: Felicia Cruz, Belize Fisheries Department

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