Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Beach clean-ups and educational campaigns mark Earth Day 2022 on the island; sea turtle nesting areas again overwhelmed with garbage

Earth Day 2022 was celebrated on Ambergris Caye with an environmental fair and beach clean-ups on the island's northern side over the weekend of April 23rd. One of the beach clean-ups tackled an area known for sea turtle nesting, which was filthy and unsafe for these endangered creatures to nest.

Belize’s vessel monitoring system is now live; fishing vessels can now be monitored in real-time

In June 2021, the Belize High Seas Fisheries Unit (BHSFU), Oceana, and Global Fishing Watch signed a memorandum of understanding to make vessel tracking data public, demonstrating Belize’s commitment to greater transparency in fishing activities at sea. On Monday, March 28th, it was announced that the platform showing this tracking data is now operating through a live map at The BHSFU can now monitor activities Belize’s fishing vessels are engaged in, in real-time.

Oceana and Global Fishing Watch Applaud Belize’s Leadership on Fisheries Transparency

The agreement signed by the Belize High Seas Fisheries Unit (BHSFU), Oceana, and Global Fishing Watch, demonstrates Belize’s commitment to greater transparency in fishing activities at sea and is the result of Oceana’s collaboration with the government to increase transparency of Belizean-flagged fishing vessels on the high seas.

Port of Magical Belize gets Environmental Clearance from DOE; NGOs disappointed

An official note from the Department of Environment (DOE) approving the cruise port project Port of Magical Belize has caused concern across the country. The DOE letter, dated Friday, April 9th, signed by Chief Environmental Officer Martin Alegria, states that Environmental Clearance is granted to Portico Enterprise Limited for the cruise port's construction and operation.

Agreement signed between the Government of Belize, the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries, and Oceana to Support Gillnet Fishers to Transition to Alternative Means

In a demonstration of its commitment to sustainable fishing, Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, for and on behalf of the Government of Belize, entered into an agreement with the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries and Oceana. The agreement will see support rendered to gillnet fishers to transition to alternative income-generating opportunities and to support the voluntary surrender of gillnets. With a successful transition programme in place, the planned phase-out will proceed with the aim of banning the use of gillnets in Belize’s marine territory and Exclusive Economic Zone.

Blue Water Grill donates nearly $11K to Hope Haven

Hope Haven Children’s Home was the recipient of a monetary donation from Blue Water Grill (BWG) on Wednesday, January 8th. The donation, totalling $10,989.90, was collected from July through December in 2019 via the efforts of BWG and their sister companies, Wine de Vine, Red Ginger in Belize and The Phoenix Resort, including patron contributions.

Belizean Wavemakers Gather for Oceana’s 2019 Annual General Meeting

On Saturday, October 19th, Belizeans from across the country came out in waves to the Saint Catherine’s Academy Auditorium in Belize City to participate in Oceana’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of dedicated volunteers, “Wavemakers.”

Hundreds of Belizean wavemakers participate in country-wide effort to remove debris and garbage from waterways and coastline

On Saturday, September 28th, 2019, more than 1,500 of Oceana’s wavemakers and volunteers participated in the 29th annual nation-wide cleanup led by the Belize Scouts Association and supported by other organizations and schools to remove trash and debris from river banks, waterways and beaches.