Contact Info

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

Call +501-203-26235

Email hello@fisheries.gov.bz

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Apply for Licenses and Permits

Learn More Register. Contribute. Thrive. Licensing is an important part of the Managed Access Program to reduce abuse and ensure equal benefit.

Colour Coding

All commercial vessesl are required to have colour coding for their respective fishing areas
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Catch Log

All Captains are required to submit catch log data
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Fisherfolk and Vessel Licenses

Fisherfolk and Fishing Veseel Licnces expire on December 31st

Vessel
Requirements

  1. Owner or master of the vessel must have a valid commercial fisher folk license AND
  2. Vessel must have a valid seaworthiness certificate issued by the Belize Port Authority

All Sizes

Vessel

Fisherfolk
Requirements

  1. must be at least 18 years old AND
  2. present a valid Social Security card OR
  3. present a valid Voters card and Birth Certificate OR
  4. present a valid Belizean passport


Belizean

Fisherfolk
Requirements

  1. must be at least 18 years old AND
  2. present a Nationality certificate and valid Social Security card OR
  3. present a valid Belizean passport



Naturalised Belizean

All Applicants must present Both:

Proof of Residency
  1. Recent utility bill showing address (electricity, water or telephone) OR
  2. Three (3) months rental receipt and, an affidavit or letter from the landlord stating that the applicant is residing at his/her residence for the last three (3) months (this must be signed by a justice of the peace)
Proof of Sale in Belize
  1. Receipt of sale of fishery products from fishermen cooperative, restaurant, hotel etc

Fisherfolk

License
$ 25
annually
  • New/Renewal

Cook

License
$ 25
annually
  • New/Renewal

Vessel

License
$ 15
annually
  • Under 20ft

Vessel

License
$ 25
annually
  • Over 20ft
Replacement
License
$ 10
  • Requires Police Report

Permits

The Fisheries department processes special permits for the taking of some species, exportation, and marine research or filming.

Seafood
Export

  1. Individual or Company
  2. Fisheries Product
  3. Species
  4. Annual Renewal

Seafood
Import

  1. Individual or Company
  2. Fisheries Product
  3. Country of Origin


Filming
Permit

  1. Required for any aquatic filming project
  2. Filming activities and rationale must submitted for approval
  3. Provide list of equipment and crew
  4. Submit digital copies collected

Research

  1. Required for any aquatic research
  2. Scientific research proposal must be submitted for approval
  3. $200 Prescribed fee applicable outside Protected Areas
  4. $500 Prescribed fee applicable inside Protected Areas
  5. Mandatory guidelines issued in permit
  6. Permits expire on December 31st

New

Research

  1. Submit Update Report






Renewal

Researchers are obligated to submit:

    Specimen Export Applications
    1. Application to export specimen at least week prior to departure
    2. The Department issues CITES certificates when specimen are to be exported under any of the CITES Appendices
    Research Findings
    1. Submitted at the time of publication
    Fishers' Prayer
    Dear Christ,
    You brought boats safely to shore.
    You filled nets with fish.
    You walked upon the water.
    You stilled the stormy sea.
    Now, Lord, please bless my boat,
    my gear, my labour, my life.
    And when the time comes
    for me to sail from this world,
    please bring me safely to the harbour of heaven.
    AMEN
    Oracíon de Pescadores
    Amado Señor,
    Hiciste el milagro de llenar las redes de pesces de tus amigos percadores,
    Con amor y cuidado traiste lo barcos a salvo la costa.
    Calmaste de manera milagro la tromenta en altamar,
    Ahora, oh Señor,
    te pido con mucha fe que nedigas mi barco y de los de mis hermanos,
    te pido bendigas tambien mi equipo de bueco, me des las fuersas para seguir
    trabajando y cuando llegue el final de mis dias me lleves contigo para estar a tu
    lado en tu santo reino.
    AMEN
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