Outstanding fisherfolk in Belize receive Fisherfolk Month recognition

Fishers, Belize. Image: Nancy and Randy

Breaking Belize News reports on Fisherfolk Month celebrations in Belize, during which three fishers received awards in recognition of their contribution to the sustainability of the fisheries sector:

Three Belizean fishers – two men and a woman – were this morning recognized in official ceremonies held in Belize City to mark the highlight of Fisherfolk Month 2018. David Flores of Chunox, Corozal, was selected as Fisher of the Year, while Paula Williams of Punta Negra, Toledo, and Carl Cabral, who at the age of 93 still spends most of his time out at English Caye, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the sector.

The outstanding fishers were presented with cash awards, gift baskets and other tokens of appreciation for being exemplary advocates of sustainable fisheries.

Flores and Cabral were out fishing and so could not receive their prizes in person. Flores was represented by his son, Govany, who received on his behalf his $1,000 cash prize — $500 from the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and another $500 from The Nature Conservancy. A representative of the Fisheries Department received Mr. Cabral’s winnings on his behalf.

Fisherfolk Month is being celebrated this year under the theme, “Working Towards Zero Hunger with Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries”.

Read more in the full Breaking Belize News report.

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