A sustainable and healthy fishery resources with best practices developed for all marine users.
The Belize Federation of Fishers working together with all fishing communities to have a united voice and collaboration in sustainable management and protection of our fishers natural resources.
Our Goal is to:
1. Foster and support a sustainable fisheries through responsible fishing practices 2. Advocate with member associations for increase co-operation and collaboration with the regulating department, Department of Fisheries, 3. Foster partnership with co-managers of marine reserve to assist in the protection of Belize’s fisheries resources and associated habitats. 4. Assist partner in attaining in attaining scientific data and participate in other activities that will result in overall benefits to the fisheries sector 5. To provide capacity building opportunities to member association in all areas from natural resources management, Financial management and organizational leadership in an effort to strengthen members thereby enabling them to participate and meaningfully contribute in decision making bodies. 6. To gather and disseminate knowledge and information relating to the Belize Fisheries sector to member and country. To promote educational activities that will assist to BFF to achieve its Mission and Vision. 7. To be a united voice for all fishers and fishing communities who subscribe to the purposes of the Belize Federation of Fishers. 8. To advocate for new policies and practices to ensure sustainability of national fisheries as well as the safety and economic viability of fishing communities
The BFF seeks to provide a united voice and point of action for issues and concerns related to all marine resources, the communities that are dependent on those resources, and the fishers who harvest those resources. Membership is open to every person who is either a citizen or permanent resident of Belize, and is a full time fisherman who is willing to contribute in words and action to the improvement of the social and economic conditions of fishers and the proper management of fisheries resources, and who support the objectives of the Federation.
BFF works in partnership with the following organizations
Belize Fisheries Department
Works to continue as the economic pillar of Belize, ensuring food security, generating income and foreign exchange, creating employment, and conserving natural resources, in order to grow the economy, reduce poverty and empower the local population for sustainable development
Belize Fisherman Cooperative Association
Provides education, legal and technical services to its members.
The Nature Conservancy
Is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
The Oak Foundation
Commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.
GEF Small Grants Programme
Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.
The Belize Audubon Society (BAS)
Has been Belize's foremost environmental organization protecting Belize's precious natural resources while educating the public about their value and sustainable use.
Works to protect the Mesoamerican reefs by producing a Biennial report card, which effectively grades the Health of the Mesoamerican reef using a concise 5-point ranking system. The first report card was produced in 2008, followed closely by the 2010 Report Card for the Mesoamerican Reef
Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT)
provides funds for supporting conservation and promoting environmentally sound management of Belize's natural and cultural resources to foster sustainable development.
Tri National Alliance for the Conservation for the Gulf of Honduras formally established in 1997. Website
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance – A fishermen-led organization working at the intersection of marine conservation and social, economic, environmental justice. Website
Latin American Union of Artisanal Fisheries
A union who seeks to promote the agreements made in the Declaration of Vina del Mar, to bring the regional representation of Fisherfolks and Fishworkers to any space where we can defend our rights.
Aims to encourage the development and the coordinated management of regional fisheries and aquaculture activities by helping to strengthen the Central American integration process. Website
Primary focus is giving a voice to the marginalized (especially civil society and local communities) and strengthening the livelihood of the rural poor whose livelihoods are largely dependent on natural resources. Website
University of Belize
Created from a merger of five institutions: the University College of Belize (UCB), the Belize Technical College (BTC), the Belize Teachers’ Training College (BTTC), the Belize School of Nursing (BSN), and the Belize College of Agriculture. Website
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Works with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, UNDP offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations..