After two years of collaboration between the Guatemalan government, Guatemalan tourism officials, and the Guatemalan recreational fishing community, The Guatemalan Sailfish Commission has been established. The goals of the Commission are to identify and resolve problems due to illegal fishing, raise awareness of the importance of billfish, develop billfish protection programs, coordinate with local and international authorities to work towards billfish protection, and to promote the practice of sustainable fishing in alignment with Guatemalan tourism.
“Sportfishing offers Guatemala the opportunity for economic development by generating income through tourism derived both from national and international anglers enjoying our fishery. Protecting the sailfish guarantees long term sustainability for the sport and for the responsible enjoyment of the resource for many years to come.” said Commission Representative, Niels Erichsen
The Guatemalan Sailfish Commission will strive to preserve and conserve the tangible results Guatemala has achieved since the creation of the Commission and how upcoming plans and strategies will be the catalyst of change for sailfish conservation within Central America.