Contact Info

Office Coastal Zone Management Complex, Princess Margaret Drive, Belize City

Call +501-203-26235

Email hello@fisheries.gov.bz

Weather

Belize City
WeatherRain(light rain)

26

°C
Weather9mph
Weather100%
Weather80%
26°Weather
Weather26°
26
°C
Weather
Sat
27
°C
Weather
Sun
27
°C
Weather
Mon
26
°C
Weather
Tue
27
°C
Weather
Wed

Download Document Resources covering Legislation

Recent Document Uploads
Popular Documents

License Forms

Cook, Fisherfolk and Vessel License Application Forms
Icon

Cook License New Application Form

Icon

Cook License Renewal Application Form

Icon

Vessel License New Application Form

Icon

Vessel License Renewal Application Form

Icon

Fisherfolk License Renewal Application Form

Icon

Fisherfolk License New Application Form

    Application Forms

    New and renewal license and permit application forms.
    Icon

    Scientific Research Permit - Cover Page Application Form

    Icon

    Filming Permit Letter of Commitment

    Icon

    Scientific Report Writing Format

    Icon

    Scientific Research Permit - Letter of Committment

    Icon

    Scientific Research Permit - Application Form

    Icon

    Scientific Research Permit - Sample Export

    Icon

    Scientific Research Permit - Administrative Requirements

    All researchers with the intent to conduct Scientific Research (SR) in Belize are required to obtain a SR permit from Belize Fisheries Department (BFD)

    Icon

    Seafood Import Application Form

    Icon

    Export License Application Form

    Icon

    Filming Permit Application Form

    Application for a Filming Permit

      Legislation

      Fisheries related Laws and Statutory Instruments.
      Icon

      SI 158-2020 Fisheries Resources (Gill Net Prohibition) Regulations, 2020

      Icon

      Sharks and Lobster Amendment Regulations Statutory Instrument No. 128 of 2021

      Icon

      Fisheries Resources Act No 7 of 2020

      Icon

      Fisheries Regulations Amendment SI No 81 of 2019

      Icon

      Fisheries ACT Chapter 210

        Educational

        Posters, factsheets and maps for fishers, communities, institutions and schools.
        Icon

        Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in Belize, a multi-pronged approach

        SCTLD Response must be a multi-prong approach at all levels. There is no clear-cut path to take when addressing SCTLD, each country along with local organizations must work together to find a best fit approach for their specific local, national, and regional context based on human and financial resources and response capacity and expertise.

        Icon

        Managed Access Factsheet 2016

        Managed Access empowers fishers through their active participation in committees that oversee and manage fishing areas.

        Icon

        Managed Access Poster

        Managed Access secures fishing grounds by managing access and empowers fishers so as to ensure sustainable fisheries.

        Icon

        Managed Access Factsheet

          Reports

          Reports developed by the Fisheries Department and External Agencies.
          Icon

          Oceans Economy and Trade Strategy: Belize - Version of 29 November 2019

          The Oceans Economy and Trade Strategy project was developed to assist developing countries in realizing the full potential of oceans economy sectors. This report was prepared in consultation with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations and the Government of Belize. The overall aim of the report is to assess the marine fisheries sector, particularly for finfish; and seafood processing sectors for queen conch and spiny lobster, so as to facilitate the preparation of an Oceans Economy Trade Strategy for two sectors selected by Belize during a stakeholder workshop held in November 2018. Legal & institutional, and economic studies were conducted prior to the aforementioned stakeholder workshop in November 2018 where results provided additional context for the development of strategies and action plan for Belize in this report.

          Belize’s fisheries sector has supported over 2,500 fishers directly and over 15,000 Belizeans indirectly (BFD, 2019). The fisheries and seafood processing sector also support the ever-growing tourism sector in Belize by supplying the restaurant and hotel industry with finfish, spiny lobster, and queen conch in addition to exporting large volumes of these products. In 2018,
          Belize exported 1.8 million pounds of seafood product valuing at 18.6 million USD (SIB, 2019). Total production over the ten-year period has yielded steady catch of spiny lobster and queen conch which are now classified as mature fisheries, while the potential for deep sea fishing has long been identified as a potential commercial stock (BFD,2019). Therefore, the economic interests of the fisheries sector must be taken into account as we aim to maximize the benefits of Belize’s ocean bounty while maintaining ecosystem health.

           

          DRAFT Report prepared for UNCTAD and DOALOS

          Icon

          UNCSD Belize National Sustainable Development Report

          Belize launched a national preparatory process in advance of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, with financial support from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The national preparation process consisted of three phases: the preparation of a national stocktaking report based on sector-specific reports. Information for sector reports and national report was obtained from literature review and interviews. Key documents reviewed included national strategies, action plans and policy documents from all economic sectors of key relevance to sustainable development and the UNCSD. Prepared by Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development, Belize, United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA), and United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

          Icon

          FAO Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile: Belize 2019

          In spite of a relatively short coastline, of about 386 km, Belize borders a marine environment of great significance in terms of living resources and biodiversity: off the shores of the country lies one of the largest coral reef barriers or the world. The fisheries sector plays an important role in the Belize national economy... Capture fisheries production in coastal waters mainly concentrates on two valuable resources: lobster and queen conch. Prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

          Icon

          Draft Report for Belize’s VNR 2020 – SDG 14

            Plans

            Management and strategic plans for the sustainable development and conservation of fisheries.
            Icon

            Hol Chan Marine Reserve Management Plan: 2000

            The Hol Chan Marine Reserve Management Plan serves as a working document for the sustainable use and management of the marine resources in the area. This plan prescribes a zoning scheme that provides opportunities for the protection of specific natural features; for the maintenance of environmental services; and for tourism and fishing. It also prescribes a financial sustainability plan that could support the capital and operational expenses of the reserve.

            Icon

            Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve Management Plan: 2012 - 2017

            Icon

            Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve Management Plan: 2004

            Icon

            Caye Caulker Marine Reserve: 2004 - 2009

            Icon

            Horizon 2030: The National Development Framework for Belize

            VISION FOR BELIZE by the year 2030. Belize is a country of peace and tranquility, where citizens live in harmony with the natural environment and enjoy a high quality of life. Belizeans are an energetic, resourceful and independent people looking after their own development in a sustainable way.

            Icon

            Glover's Reef Marine Reserve Management Plan 2019-2023

            Icon

            South Water Caye Marine Reserve Management Plan

            Annual Reports

            Reports detailing the annual performance of the Fisheries Department.
            Icon

            Annual General Meeting Report 2009

            MAF Chief Executive Officer, Gabino Canto, prepared a report describing the vision, mission, programmes, and priorities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The ministry's vision is for a transformed and modern sector that is fully competitive, diversified, and sustainable. He said the mission of the Ministry is to continue as the economic pillar of Belize and to ensure food security, develop risk management, generate income and foreign exchange, create employment, and conserve natural
            resources. He pointed out that projects were implemented in 2009 to increase.

              Report an Incident





              If available, upload document or photo.