The Belizean government took a huge step in protecting sport fish this week. Making it illegal to harvest any bonefish, permit or tarpon. Research has showed that many of these species of fish we see in the in the Florida Keys and elsewhere originate in Belize.

According to the legislation, “these three species may not be possessed by any person or establishment for any purpose save and except in the act of catch and release.”

Additionally, the government has instituted a fishing license with monies earmarked for enforcement of Fisheries Regulations.

I can only see this as a good thing. Good for the the people of Belize for stepping up to the plate and protecting a resource for the long term. I’d say this is a much better development than that crazy country Switzerland, who actually banned any form of catch and release fishing earlier this year.