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Commercial Fishing & Seafood Industry Contacts - Belize


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Tulip Group Inc
Exporters of Frozen Lobster Tails & Whole Spiny Lobster (Panulirus Argus) directly from our FDA Certified & HACCP Approved plant in the Dominican Republic. We can custom pack. From our Indonesian partners, we can now offer: Pasteurized Crab Meat, Red Snapper & Malabar Snapper, Grouper, Octopus Ball Type, Squid: Tubes & Tentacles, Rings & Tentacles, Mahi Mahi Fillets Skinless, Portion Cut, CO2 Treated. Indian Shrimp: Raw Headless, Shell On, Peeled & Deveined, PUD, IQF & Blocks, Raw & Pre Cooked, Head On.
Contact: Ajay Dhawan
City: Syosset, NY
Tel:  +1 516-496-8377 
+1 516-496-8519
Skype:  -
Email: [email protected]
Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association Ltd
Fishing is a basic characteristic of the Belizean way of life and commercial fishing is one of the major contributors to the Belizean economy. As far back as can be remembered fishermen in this country had difficulty in getting their produce to the market and even after doing so there was a problem of getting a good price for their products. They accomplished this through the cooperative form of business organization. The fishermen from Caye Caulker were the pioneers of the fishing cooperatives in Belize. They thought that they could do better if they exercise control over the marketing of their own products. On the 5th of September 1960, the Caye Caulker fishermen group as a business was formed. Fish processing plants in those days were very expensive facilities to establish and operate. Today they are considerably more expensive. It was only possible for the fishermen to establish their plants by pooling their resources and by working together. Their principal collateral or guarantee for financing was their combined productions. Although legislation existed, which provided for use of other forms of business organizations, they preferred the cooperative way.
City:  Belize City
Tel:  223-4650
Skype:   -

Government Contacts & Information Resources for
Commercial Fishing, Seafood, Aquaculture, Marine & Oceans in Belize

Fish found in Belize Waters:
Crab, Stone
Crab, Blue
Crevalle, Jack
Lobster, Spiny
Mackerel, Spanish
Snapper, Black
Snapper, Red
Tuna, Albacore
Tuna, Blackfin
Tuna, Bluefish
Tuna, Bonito
Tuna, Yellowfin


Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
The IATTC is responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and other marine resources in the eastern Pacific Ocean
Member Countries: Belize, European Union, Nicaragua, Canada, France, Panama, China, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Costa Rica, Kiribati, United States, Ecuador, Korea, Vanuatu, El Salvador, Mexico, Venezuela, Cook Islands is a Cooperating Non Member.
The IATTC also has significant responsibilities for the implementation of the International Dolphin Conservation Program


Marine & Seafood Laws in Belize - No take information for coral and bonefish, closed trawling season for shrimp, minimum length and weight or conch and lobster, lobster season, turtle seasons and no take for turtle shell.

Complete Ban – Coral – All Parrotfish – Blue Tang – Surgeon Fish – Permit – Tarpon – Bone Fish – Marine Turtle (all species) -Whale Shark – All Marine Mamals – Diced Conch – Diced Lobster

Closed Seasons – Conch July 1st to Sept 30th – Lobster February 15th to June 14th – Nassau Grouper – December 1st to March 31 Wild Shrimp (trawler sources; farm shrimp is legal all year around) July 14 – March 14th – Hickatee May 1st to May 31st

Catch & size limits – Conch Shell Length > 7 inches Market Clean > 2.5oz – Lobster Cape Length > 3 inches Tail Weight 2.75 oz – Nassau Grouper Must be 20 – 30 inches only. Must be landed whole (no fillet)

Special Laws and Permits – All fishermen must have a valid license. You must be a Belizean Citizen or permanent resident in order to obtain a fisheries permit. Sea Cucumber requires a special permit. Fish Fillet must have skin patch left on 2 inch by 1 inch. No fishing while using artificial breathing devices (scuba gear or hookah) In Marine Protected areas several restrictions on fishing gear apply: no nets, no longlines, no traps. Chapter 2105


Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile for Belize (FAO)
National Fishery Sector Overview - provides a comprehensive overview of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors for each country featured, including economic and demographic information, structure of the industry, development prospects, sector management and status and trends


AQUASTAT is FAO's global information system on water and agriculture developed by the Land and Water Division. It collects, analyses and disseminates data and information by country and by region. Its aim is to provide users interested in global, regional and national analyses with comprehensive information related to water resources and agricultural water management across the world, with emphasis on countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Information for Belize


Ocean Health Index Belize - The Ocean Health Index is a valuable tool for the ongoing assessment of ocean health. By providing a means to advance comprehensive ocean policy and compare future progress, the Index can inform decisions about how to use or protect marine ecosystems. The Index is a collaborative effort, made possible through contributions from more than 65 scientists/ocean experts and partnerships between organizations including the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Sea Around Us, Conservation International, National Geographic, and the New England Aquarium. Information for Belize


Caribeña Producers Cooperative Society Ltd:
Executive Secretary: Mr. George Kumul
Main Products: Lobster, Conch, Whole and Filleted Fish, Shrimp
Tel: 501-226-2011
Fax: 501-226-2503
Email: [email protected]
Caribeña Street
P.O. Box 12
San Pedro Town,
Ambergris Caye,

National Fishermen Producers Cooperative Society Ltd:
Executive Secretary: Mrs. Barbara Bradley
Main Products: Lobster, Lobster meat, Conch, Fish Fillet, Shrimp
Tel: 501-227-3165/8039
Fax: 501-227-1300
Email: [email protected]
or [email protected]
Angel Lane
Belize City, Belize

Placencia Producers Cooperative Society Ltd:
Chairman: Carlton Young
Main Products: Lobster, Conch, Whole and Filleted Fish, Shrimp
Tel / Fax: 501-523-3102
Point Placencia
Stann Creek District

Rio Grande Fishermen Co-operative Society Ltd:
Tel: 501-702-2715
Front Street
Punta Gorda Town
Toledo District, Belize

Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries Belize
To provide the country and people of Belize with the best possible management of its aquatic and fisheries resources, with a view to optimize the present and future benefits through efficient and sustainable management

The Fisheries Department is divided into four (4) units and several related projects as follows:

Capture Fisheries Unit
The Capture Fisheries Unit (CFU) is the arm of the Belize Fisheries Department responsible for providing the necessary legislative and management interventions to facilitate the continued development and proper management of Belize’s marine fisheries resources. In 2004, important resource assessment exercises were carried out on the lobster (Panulirus argus), conch (Strombus gigas), shrimp (Penaeus notalis ) and West Indian Topshell welk (Cittarium pica) populations in our Belizean waters

Aquaculture & Inland Fisheries Unit
Mission statement of the Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries Unit (AQUIF) guides the overall mission for aquaculture development which reads as follows: “To guide the development of a competitive aquaculture industry while at the same time maintaining the viability of the environment and providing responsible stewardship for inland fisheries resources of the nation as well as the ecosystems that supports them, in order to provide sustainable benefits for Belizeans of present and future Generations”. AQUIF is responsible for the Conservation Compliance Unit (CCU) which is charged with patrolling our national waters ensuring that the fisheries laws of Belize are adhered to.

Ecosystems Management Unit
The Ecosystems Management Unit (EMU) of the Fisheries Department consists of management of the marine reserves, marine environmental assessments, CITES marine related matters and regional fisheries policy formulation. Ecosystems management, a new management paradigm, has shifted from specific species and site protection to the protection of entire ecosystems and the regulation of the activities within those systems. The Marine Reserves are Fisheries Management Tools (FMT) implemented by the Department to ensure sustainable fishing.

Administrator & support Unit
The Administration Unit is the support arm of the Department that is tasked with the responsibility of License Issuance, Revenue Collection, Human Resource, Accounts, Purchase, Stores and Security.



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