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.

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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.

Belize in February

Belize in February

With long days filled with golden sunshine and plenty to do and see, it’s no surprise that Belize is becoming a popular destination to visit in February. Capitalizing on that trend, Belize has been garnering strong praise from leading publications recently, including MSN, Travel Zoo, and Radio.com all of which recommended Belize as a top tourist destination in 2020. Combined with recent announcements from Southwest Airlines offering special rates from several US Cities to Belize, it is now easier and more affordable than ever to enjoy a vacation in Belize in 2020.

Events and Festivals in February

It may not be an official holiday on the calendar, but Valentine’s Day (February 14) is widely celebrated throughout the country.

Definitely don’t miss the San Pedro Carnival. The colorful island town goes to great lengths every year to top itself with concerts, dancing, parades, and food festivals during the week before Lent.

The title holder of the world’s smallest main street, Placencia uses its iconic four-foot-wide “main street” to host the Placencia Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival every year. Artists from around the country will be on hand to demonstrate their wares, including paintings, handmade furniture, sculpture, clothing, and photographs. Enjoy a smorgasbord of food while dancing to live music.

Things to Do and See in Belize in February

There are plenty of interesting things to do in Belize during the month of February, including:

  1. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a candlelit dinner under the stars.
  2. Tour ancient Maya ruins like Cahal Pech and Xunantunich.
  3. Let your freak flag fly and participate in Carnaval.
  4. Explore the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) Cave in Cayo District where Maya priests once conducted human sacrifices.
  5. Cross into Guatemala and witness the majesty of Tikal.
  6. Go bird watching or wilderness spotting.
  7. Renew your wedding vows on the beach.
  8. Get married in a breathtakingly beautiful location.
  9. Enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, or sailing on the Belize Barrier Reef.
  10. Enjoy an intimate and romantic honeymoon.

Belize Weather in February

Tourism numbers are usually very high in February due to the sunny days and balmy temperatures that are typical for Belize during this month. Expect highs of 80F (27C) and nights that rarely drop below 70F (21C).

Where to Stay in Belize in February

Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning luxury resort located on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula. The resort offers visitors  beautiful villas set in a lovely tropical oasis, the perfect winter getaway or place to enjoy a romantic vacation on Valentine’s Day.

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.

Before You Retire in Placencia Belize, Check Out The Destination with a Stay at Chabil Mar

If you are planning on retiring in the not-too-distant future, you may have begun considering where you would like to spend your golden years. However, for many Americans and Canadians, the answer is quite simple – Placencia, Belize.

The region is already home to a large number of expats and retirees. This is due, in no small part, to its year-round sunshine and welcoming atmosphere. Of course, people who move to Placencia from the United States or Canada also appreciate the fact that English is widely spoken throughout Belize.

If you choose to retire to Placencia, you can expect to spend your days lounging at the beach, fishing in nearby lakes and rivers, or simply exploring the natural beauty of Belize. If you would prefer a more adventurous lifestyle in your retirement, you can even take up hiking, visit the ancient Maya temples, or even go zip lining or cave tubing in one of Belize’s many caves. Put simply, there are a lot of things to see and do in Belize – no matter what your preferred pastimes may be.

Despite the fact that it has been prominently featured on a number of international travel shows, Placencia remains a relatively small and laid-back destination. Indeed, Placencia is home to just one main street, as well as a small pedestrian-only walkway. You certainly won’t find any busy roads or large highways here.

With so much to offer, you might expect Placencia to be an extraordinarily expensive place to live. However, this is certainly not the case. In fact, most of the expats and retirees in the area would probably agree that the cost of living in Placencia is much more affordable than anything you might find in the United States or Canada.

If you think that Placencia might be your dream retirement destination, it is a good idea to spend some time there to scope out retirement homes or real estate opportunities that appeal to you.

While visiting, you can use the beautiful Chabil Mar Resort as your base of operations. The resort is situated right on the beach and features lush tropical gardens, luxury villas, two infinity pools, roaming butler services, a restaurant, a private pier, and much more. There is, quite simply, no better place to begin your Belizean adventure than at Chabil Mar.

St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park

inland blue hole belize

Located in Belize’s western Cayo District near the capital of Belmopan, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is a site of natural beauty spanning more than 500 acres (2 square kilometers) in size. Three of the principal attractions are the inland Blue Hole, St. Herman’s Cave, and the Crystal Cave.

Visitors to the park usually enter off the Hummingbird Highway. Located about 200 yards from the visitor center is St. Herman’s Cave which was used for centuries by Maya priests to conduct ceremonies and to collect water dripping from stalactites that they considered to be holy. St. Herman’s Cave is an enormous underground structure but it is possible for unguided visitors to make their way approximately 200 yards into the cave before they will need a trained guide to go further. At the rear of the cave is a stream, allowing visitors to float their way back to the cave entrance using an inner tube.

St. Herman’s Cave is connected by an underground stream to the Blue Hole, often referred to as the Inland Blue Hole to prevent confusion with the Belize Blue Hole located offshore in the Belize Barrier Reef. The (Inland) Blue Hole is where the underground stream comes to the surface, providing visitors with a source of cool and refreshing water for swimming. Formed by the collapse of a cavern, the Blue Hole measures about 8 meters (26 feet) deep and is almost perfectly round with a diameter of 100 meters (330 feet).

Beyond the Blue Hole lies the Crystal Cave, sometimes called the Mountain Cow Cave. Visitors will need the assistance of a trained guide to explore spectacularly beautiful stalactites and caverns shimmering with accumulated crystalline structures. Just as with St. Herman’s Cave, the Crystal Cave was a sacred cite for the Ancient Maya who believed that it was a nexus to the world of the gods.

During the path to the country’s independence, Belize acquired the land in and around St. Herman’s Cave, declaring it a park on November 23, 1986. In order to maintain and preserve the natural beauty of the park, foreign non-profit organizations were brought in. Currently, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is maintained and operated by the Belize Audubon Society.

The park is located approximately 12 miles southeast of Belmopan and both entrances are located immediately adjacent to the Hummingbird Highway. The principle entrance leads to a visitor center, gift shop, hiking trails, a picnic area and the path to St. Herman’s Cave. The second entrance leads to a picnic area, hiking trails, washrooms and leads directly to the Blue Hole.


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