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Improved Management Is Needed To Ensure A Healthy Flats Fishery In Mexico And Belize

Belize recognized the importance of the flats fishery to its economy and culture by making bonefish, tarpon, and permit catch-and-release only in 2009. Although the Yucatán Peninsula region of Mexico also has an important and well-known flats fishery, bonefish, tarpon, and permit are not protected against harvest. The only protections in Mexico come from protected areas, such as Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve that protects fish in Ascension Bay. This lack of protection poses a threat to the flats fishery in both Mexico and Belize, because the nations share the same fish populations.

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