Belize recognized for out-standing Work in Fisheries Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

John Jorgensen, Hon. Liscell Alamilla and Mario Recinos GonzalezThe Fisheries Department in Belize was on Wednesday November 5th awarded with the Margarita Lizarraga medal for its outstanding work in the area of sustainable fishing practices under Central America Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (OSPESCA). The award was started in 1997 by the FAO and is granted to persons or organizations who make significant contributions to the implementation of the code of conduct for responsible fisheries. It is awarded in memory of senior FAO fisheries officer, Margarit Lizarraga for her distinguished work in fisheries management and promoting the code. 

Minister of Fisheries, Hon. Liscell Alamilla, received the award on Belize’s behalf from OSPESCA’s representative Mario Recinos Gonzalez as well as FAO representative John Jorgensen. In receiving the award Hon. Alamilla explained that the FAO was recognizing the work of OSPESCA which was established in 2005. The organization she noted is one which has integrated fisheries policies in the Central American region for the sustainable use of fisheries and aquaculture products. She cited various forms of integration, which included institutional strengthening, harmonizing of the Central American fisheries regulations, the management of shared species as well as surveillance and control of these species among other achievements. Minister Alamilla stated that, “Belize has fully participated in implementing OSPESCA projects”