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New Sapodilla Cays regulations issued PDF Print
Here are some new rules and regs for the Sapodillas. Image

General Park Rules
1. To commercial fish you need a valid Belize Fisher Folk license from the Belize Fisheries Department.
2. No use of long-lines, spear gun or gill net in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve.
3. No use of Scuba gear to fish.
4. No casting or dragging of any anchor in the manner which may damage corals.
5. All Scuba divers shall register with the Reserve manager prior to diving.
6. All dive boats shall fly the “divers down flag” when divers are in the water.
7. Only certified Scuba divers, or divers undergoing training course conducted by a recognized instructor shall be allowed to use Scuba equipment in the whole of the reserve.
8. Dive guides shall be required to explain the rules of the Reserve to divers within the reserve.
9. For Scuba tours a maximum of eight divers per licensed dive master will be permitted.
10. For snorkel tours a maximum of eight snorkelers per licensed tour guide will be permitted.
11. No harassing of any fauna shall occur within the Reserve.
12. No person shall engage in water skiing orjet skiing in the Reserve.
13. Any person who is desirous of conducting recreational fishing within the Reserve shall check with the Reserve manager.
14. When recreational fishing, an individual shall be allowed a bag limit of three fishes only.
15. All tour guides will need to have a valid tour guide license issued by the Belize Tourism Board and must be worn where visible while doing tour within the Reserve.
16. Any person in an accident which involves personal injury or damage to property or the environment within the Reserve shall report such accident to the person in charge of the Reserve or to any officer of the Reserve or the Fisheries administrator as soon as possible or at least twelve (12) hours of the occurent of the accident.
17. The Government shall not be liable for any personal injury or damage to property occurring within the Reserve.
18. The Reserve office shall be open daily to the public between the hours of eight a.m. to five (5) p.m. However, there is always the presence of an officer at the base at all times.
19. An admission fee of $10 U.S. per person per day or $25 U.S. per person for three (3) to ten (10) days shall be paid to the Reserve upon entering the Reserve. No fee shall be paid by children below eleven (11) years of age.
20. No person shall remove or have in his possession any flora or fauna within the Reserve.
21. No person shall deposit any material in or on the waters of the Reserve.
22. No person shall deface or tamper with any signs, bouys or notices installed in the Reserve.
23. All commercial, recreational, subsistence and sports fishermen shall render the weight of fish caught within the Reserve to the Fisheries officer upon request.
24. No person shall have in his possession lobster during the lobster’s closed season which begins Feb. 14 of each year and ends June 14 of the same year.
25. No person shall have in his possession conch during the conch’s closed season which begins June 30 of each year and ends on September 30 of the same year.
26. No person shall have in his possession Nassau groupers during the Nassau grouper’s closed season which begins on December 1 of each year and ends March 31 of the following year.
27. Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of the regulations commits an offence and shall be liable on summary convictions to a fine and/or confinement.
28. Any person who damages corals will pay a fine not exceeding $25,000 Bze. And a penalty based on damage assessment not exceeding Twenty five million dollars.
 
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