Belize gets rave reviews for fishing policy

Belize gets rave reviews for fishing policy

Belize is famous for its ancient Maya ruins and Caribbean shoreline. It also has hundreds of little islands, or cayes, that make it a fisherman’s paradise. Known for its bonefish and tarpon, Belize also has an overwhelming supply of snook, barracuda, snappers, and jack. Lately, anglers around the world are praising the country’s new legislation that combats illegal fishing and preserve the country’s marine ecosystem. 

Тhе Fіѕhеrіеѕ Асt аnd Маnаgеd Ассеѕѕ Рrоgrаm, adopted in 2019 and implemented in 2020, led to a new ecosystem-based management system. It farther provided an advisory council to get fishing communities involved in fishing laws, and helping to manage the pristine marine reserves. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, the new program has joined forces with the Managed Access Program set up in 2016 and 2017 to reduce illegal fishing and improve reefs.

The results have been positive. In one week, Belize rose in the Reef Health Index from 3 to 5, the highest rating among countries in the Meso-American Reef System, which also includes Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Eric Schwab, ЕDF Осеаnѕ Рrоgrаm Ѕеnіоr Vісе Рrеѕіdеnt, praised Belize for its international commitment to marine conservation and making oceans less susceptible to climate change. 

Since 2011, the EDF has worked with the Bеlіzе Fіѕhеrіеѕ Dераrtmеnt аnd Wіldlіfе Соnѕеrvаtіоn Ѕосіеtу to reform the industry. Schwab says the new rules will create a more efficient system of managing fisheries, maintaining populations of fish and enabling science-based monitoring, including vessel monitoring systems.

In a press release, Веlіzе Fіѕhеrіеѕ Аdmіnіѕtrаtоr Веvеrlу Wаdе said the new law will help fishing villages sustain their livelihoods while offering greater protection of the country’s fragile, one-of-a-kind marine environment. According to Wade, the change represents a new way of thinking about the fishing industry, extending the focus from harvesting to greater environmental oversight of marine and freshwater.

The legislation will spotlight the social impact achieved by responsible enforcement of the laws. This will have a positive impact on governmental, non-governmental and fishing agencies. It will also improve the lives of the people and of the strength of the agencies that work with the fishing industry. 

For thousands of Belizean fishermen concerned about the effects of the diminishing fish populations on their trade, this offers a ray of hope. By reducing illegal fishing, fishermen can look forward to an ample supply of fish, conch, and lobster. Likewise, they can help with the preservation of a delicate ecosystem that makes the country special.

If you are a fishing enthusiast looking for a unique and unforgettable fishing experience, check out our Belize fishing packages.

For more information about Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at:reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Getting Rid of Single Use Plastics in Belize  

GETTING RID OF SINGLE-USE PLASTICS IN BELIZE

The recent signing of the Environment Protection Regulations for the year 2020 signals the end to single-use plastics within the country of Belize. While this legislation will not see its enforcement begin immediately, people will have one year to phase out of using any sort of product that features plastics only good for a single-use. One year is seen as more than sufficient time for businesses to find and implement suitable plastic replacements for their business operations.

Godwin Hulse, Belize’s Minister of Environment (DoE), notes that Belize cannot continue to use single-use plastics if it hopes to keep its natural beauty for decades and centuries to come. Hulse went on to say that he did not want to panic Belizeans into thinking the DoE was coming after them. The concept comes first and that concept is that people need to be educated about how plastic can pollute the water, harm the Belize Barrier Reef and ruin facilities.

Hulse went on to comment about how plastic used to be perceived by the Belizean public of his youth. In Hulse’s time, a plastic bag was seen as a great multitasker for purposes like use as a school book bag. Hulse also commented on the past in order to highlight just how prevalent plastics have become within Belize in just a few decades to the point that they are a major problem.

The goal of the new ban is to remove Styrofoam and plastics in favor of materials like hemp, which is known for its biodegradability. The Belizean government is ready for the transition to more environmentally viable materials if only to curtail complaints that they would be more expensive; the real cost paid by the continued use of such materials is the loss of beauty Belize would suffer. Hulse believes that framing the discussion in this light will turn most Belizeans over to the idea of preferring renewable, multi-use materials.

Hulse closed his speech about the transition by stating that the Government of Belize fully supports those businesses that can create goods with non-plastic resources. Furthermore, it encourages other businesses to look through their operations in order to come up with workarounds to the phasing out of plastic.

As one of Belize’s leading resorts, Chabil Mar commends the effort at keeping Belize’s natural beauty intact. If you need a place to stay while visiting Belize, consider booking a villa with us.

For more information about Belize and Chabil Mar, chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Cahal Pech Maya Ruins in San Ignacio, Belize

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Now perched on the highest hill overlooking San Ignacio Town, the Maya ruins of Cahal Pech were originally built as an enclave for the elite. Located in a gorgeous natural setting and surrounded by tropical birds and colorful jungle fauna, Cahal Pech is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Belize. An informative museum on the grounds gives visitors an introduction to the hilltop city and features a dazzling collection of artifacts found at the site.

Layout of Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

Today, archeologists have excavated a total of 34 structures in Cahal Pech in an area measuring just over two acres in size. The “downtown” portion of Cahal Pech includes several temple pyramids, residence buildings, and seven impressive courtyards. The tallest structure on the site is a temple that measures 77 feet high. Other attractions at Cahal Pech include a ceremonial altar, five historical stelae, and two ball courts.

History of Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

Archeologists estimate that Cahal Pech was first founded around 1,000 years Before the Common Era. During the Classic Period (300-800 of the Common Era) of the Maya civilization, most of the surviving buildings, including the largest temples and palaces, were constructed during this time. Around the year 800, the citizens of Cahal Pech abandoned the city for unknown reasons, particularly mysterious because nearby Maya sites in Belize continued to be thriving population centers for several more centuries.

Although the original name for the site is lost to history, today it is called Cahal Pech, a combination Yucatan/Mopan Maya term meaning “place of the ticks”. This was the name local cattle farmers in the 1950s gave to the area.

Cahal Pech Maya Ruins Tour Information

Visitors to Cahal Pech are encourage to wear comfortable, loose, lightweight clothing and proper shoes. Long pants are recommended over shorts as they will help give additional protection from insects. All visitors are encouraged to bring plenty of drinking water, and fair-skinned individuals are recommended to make ample use of sunscreen and hats.

The Cahal Pech Visitor’s Center is open Monday through Sunday, and contains a reconstructed model of the entire site.

Chabil Mar in Placencia & Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

The award-winning Chabil Mar resort on the Placencia Peninsula offers its guests organized tours and vacation packages that include a visit to Cahal Pech. Guests can choose to include a tour of Cahal Pech as part of the resort’s popular Belize Reef and Jungle vacation package.

For more information about things to see and do in Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

What Winter Looks Like in Belize

When many people return home from a winter vacation in Belize and share their photos with their friends, the pictures are often mistakenly believed to have been taken in summer. That’s a pretty common mistake to make because winter in Belize is a time of long, sunny days and warm temperatures.

Indeed, the “winter” months are when the weather in Belize is at its finest. Rain is very rare, and most days are long and filled with liquid sunshine. And warm temperatures mean that winter in Belize is a great time to enjoy activities such as swimming, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, and scuba diving.

The average dress code for Belize in winter is a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, and a comfortable pair of sandals or flip-flops. Dining outdoors is yet another pleasure that visitors can enjoy in Belize, tasting some of the country’s fantastic seafood, organic produce, and delicious culinary influences from the country’s different ethnic groups. And since English is the official language, it’s easy to get around and talk to locals.

Airlines have certainly taken note of the fantastic weather in Belize during the winter. The six biggest airlines in North America now fly non-stop to Belize throughout the winter. The latest addition is Sun Country, which will begin flying from Minneapolis to Belize City on December 22, 2018.

Other popular activities to enjoy in Belize during the winter include touring ancient Maya sites such as Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, exploring the vast Cockscomb Basin Wilderness Refuge (home to the world’s only jaguar conservation project), watching endangered manatees play in mangrove-lined lagoons, bird watching, zip lining, hiking through pristine rainforests, and boat safaris along the aptly named Monkey River.


“Winter truly is a great time to visit Belize,” said Larry France, marketing manager at Chabil Mar. “When snow is falling across much of North America, Belize is enjoying sunny, blue skies and warm temperatures, perfect weather for swimming, snorkeling, diving, or simply enjoying a walk along the beach.”

Chabil Mar is an award-winning luxury beachfront resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in southernBelize. Chabil Mar offers guests well-appointed villas with a full range of modern amenities, a private seafront pier perfect for enjoying gourmet dining, a lush tropical garden, freshwater swimming pools, and easy access to all of the top destinations in the country, including the Belize Barrier Reef.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

Belize’s Biggest Sporting Event: La Ruta Maya-Belize River Challenge

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La Ruta Maya River Challenge

2020 will mark the 22nd anniversary of one of Belize’s most exciting sports competitions. First held in 1998 as a corporate sponsorship event, La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge has blossomed into an exciting international race featuring teams from around Belize and the world as they compete in the grueling four-day canoeing challenge.

This year, more than a 100 teams will set off from the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio town for the first leg of the journey. Cheered on by thousands of excited fans, the canoeists are racing to promote awareness of the environment, ecology, and the beauty of Belize as they seek to be the first to cross the finish line in Belize City on the fourth and final day of the event.

Competing teams will be awarded based on eight different racing divisions:

  • All Male
  • All Female
  • Mixed Gender
  • Masters
  • Intramural
  • Dory
  • Pleasure Craft
  • Family Adventure Racers

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Teams will set out early in the morning on the first day from San Ignacio Town in western Belize for the first leg of the race, a trip approximately 46 miles long. On day two, teams will begin at Banana Bank for the difficult second leg, a grueling 60 mile course that ends at Double Head Cabbage Village. On the third day, racers will navigate 36 miles of treacherous currents to arrive at Henderson Bank in Burrel Boom. On the fourth and final day, teams will push themselves to the limit to finish the 28-mile long last leg to be the first to arrive in downtown Belize City.

This year, the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge will begin on March 6th and will conclude on March 9th.

On behalf of Chabil Mar and its Staff, we wish the best of luck to all the 2020 participating teams.

 

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