The Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office reminds that nurse sharks are fully protected under Fisheries Law and that it is an offense (illegal) to kill a nurse shark in Belize. Hol Chan posted this images of the animal found dead on the beach.
“This is sad, since nurse sharks are one of the main attractions for tourist coming to San Pedro,” stated Hol Chan in their Facebook post. “It was clear that someone had cut the tail off, it was intentionally killed.”
Hol Chan urges residents to report persons seen killing or in possession of nurse shark. Reports can be made to the Fisheries Department 224-4552 or the Hol Chan office in San Pedro 226-2247.