The Belize Federation of Fishers held one of its first of three regional meetings this weekend, in Independence Village. And despite the pouring rain, members from Punta Gorda, Punta Negra, Monkey River, Independence, Riversdale, Hopkins, and Stann Creek convened for the gathering. Saturday’s meeting was aimed at strengthening the membership and facilitate the information exchange, capacity building and networking among BFF Fisherman Association, cooperative, individuals and partners. One of the central concerns that arose at the meeting was the need for the Cooperative to have a pension plan for fishers after retirement. The BFF says that it will be in dialogue with the Belize Fisherman Cooperative Association in this regard. In addition the BFF will be looking at another pension scheme that will benefit its members, one or which may be, voluntary contribution to Social Security. Meanwhile, another concern raised is the need for more consultation on the Fisheries Legislation.In attendance also were the Fisheries Department and its enforcement officers. Well over one hundred fisher folks participated.