Enforcing Fisheries Laws in the waters of Belize
Conservation Compliance Unit
CCU is comprised of a Fisheries Officer (Coordinator), an Assistant Fisheries Officer (Supervisor), a Chief Coxswain, three Coxswains, five Assistant Coxswains, and one mechanic. An enforcement branch operates from Punta Gorda Town, comprising of a staff of officers.
In addition, a Fisheries Inspector is attached to each unit, whose main responsibilities include the prosecution of offenders.
Education is Enforcement
Our teams work with fishers to build awareness and understand of regulations. The goal is to reduce illegal activities and poor practices.
Regulations, Educational, and Technical Resources are available for review and download.
Improving Fisheries Management
CCU suggests amendments to certain regulations for improved fisheries management.
Witnessed Illegal Fishing Activities?
Misuse of fisheries resources affects livelihoods, families, communities and industries.
Co-management · Protection · Support Mechanisms
CCU assists in the management and protection of coastal zones and the reef system of Belize. The unit works alongside Non-Governmental and Regulatory Agencies. Support is provided on joint patrols with the National Coast Guard, Police Department, Port Authority, Customs Department, and Belize Defence Force.
Within Marine Protected Areas, the unit co-manages and co-protects with NGOs to discourage the illegal harvesting of marine products. Educational programs requiring transportation for students to marine reserves can coordinate with the CCU.