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Chaa Creek and Cheers star salute Belize’s sea protection

10 December 2010 6 Comments

Chaa Creek, Belize’s pioneer sustainable ecotourism resort is pleased to announce a new ban on trawling in our pristine Caribbean waters.

This complete and permanent ban is a monumental step to safeguard the world’s oceans, and we feel it is significant that tiny Belize is one of the very first nations to take the lead in this important global initiative.

Bottom trawling is an incredibly destructive form of fishing.  Bottom trawlers use massive, weighted nets to effectively clear-cut the ocean floor, destroying sensitive coral communities and anything else in their path.

Shrimp trawls, which until now have been conducted in Belize, catch more untargeted species, or bycatch, than almost any other type of commercial fishing. Thousands of sea turtles,  marine mammals and untargeted fish are caught in shrimp trawlers around the world every year.

Chaa Creek applauds the Government of Belize in instituting the ban, which goes into effect December 31 to protect the World heritage Site status of our beautiful Belize Barrier Reef System, the second largest coral reef system in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Three of the Western Hemisphere’s four offshore atolls, including the famous Blue Hole, are located in Belizean waters, making our waters and cayes an invaluable resource for divers, snorkelers and researchers from around the world.

US actor Ted Danson, star of the popular Cheers television program and board member of Oceana, the world’s largest international ocean conservation organisation, joined us in celebrating this historic and most welcome decision. “Kudos to Belize, and here’s hoping that more countries follow its lead to reduce their destructive fishing footprint,” he said.

Here at Chaa Creek, we couldn’t agree more.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is located within a private 365 acre nature reserve rich in Maya antiquities and stunning, diverse ecology. We take pride in introducing guests from around the world to the many natural and cultural attractions of this fascinating part of the world in a sustainable and sensitive manner. Chaa Creek hosts numerous educational and research programs and welcomes inquiries about Belize, Maya culture and sustainable practices.

For more information please contact:

The Lodge at Chaa Creek
P.O. Box 53, San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize
Tel: 501-824-2037 ~ Fax 501-824-2501
(From North America dial 011 before the above tel/fax numbers)
US Toll Free Tel: 1-(877) 709-8708
US Toll Free Fax: 800-861-1519
UK Local Tel: 0-207 096-0329
Email: reservations[@]chaacreek.com

#33 Cor. Regent and Dean Street
Belize City, Belize, C.A.
phone: + 501-227-2705
fax: + 501-227-2706
email: belize[@]oceana.org

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